Making Our Mark

To celebrate International Dot Day, our class not only read The Dot by Peter Reynolds, but we also tried our hand at “making our mark,” like the girl in the book does.


Each student started with three primary colors (yellow, red, and blue) and experimented with mixing their own colors.  After a practice session, students had a chance to use their knowledge of mixing paints to design their dot  (or dots).  We think the results are spot on!

Dot gallery

Students also created a collaborative piece of writing to accompany our dot gallery.  After painting their dots, they each wrote to describe what they had made and how they made it.  After sharing out a few of the sentences, the class decided that we needed to revise and improve our writing.  When everyone had polished their contribution, we strung all 44 sentences together to make this piece of writing called Dots.


Collaborative Writing By The MAC Class

(Each student contributed one sentence)

What you need for a dot, besides paints and paper, is a little inspiration, an idea for you, and the courage that it’s time to make your mark. Swirly, beautiful dots are unique.

Our class made a project where you could make as many dots as you want. Some dots were dot-ish and they ended up being the best. We created beautiful dots. We all made dots with lots of different colors.

To make green, you do blue and yellow. Mixing white and blue makes ocean color. The dots are swirling with cool colors! The first piece of paper was a trial run. The whole class worked really hard on their dot, impressed by Peter Reynolds. After we read The Dot, we mixed our very own colors from red, blue and yellow.

Different colors were mixed, like red with yellow to make sunny orange, and black with white to make dark and scary gray. Gingerly, dots appeared on paper. My dot is pink, dark blue, and light blue. There were dark blue dots dancing all around, getting lighter and lighter until they were sky blue.

Making my mark one dot at a time, colors red, white and blue swirling round and round. We mixed this color and that swirl to make dots dance around our page. One color is called “pirate’s fury,” which is red, black, and a little bit of blue with some white.

Lots of dots splashed on paper. It was like all kinds of dots. Pink and green and orange are my favorite colors; they are on my dot. Twisting side to side, a dot is born! There were a bunch of different, crazy colorful colors. A dark purple brown dot on my paper looks like grapes. I also made blue. Dots with double layers are fancy because they are purple, orange, green, blue, berry, and pink.

My mark is magical and unique; even though I’ve never been the girl who sits down to draw, I have my mark. My mark is made with a unique sky blue. All of my dots are big and small. A swirl of orange flows onto my paper, carefully making different dots.

There were different color lines inside the dots. Lots of interesting and unusual colors mix into dots. Dots have many different colors. I did big dots, small dots, medium dots and many more…

The reason my paper is filled with colorful, interesting dots is because they’re really cool and swirly to me. Making my mark with a yellow twist and a turn to never end. The dots that got created were colorful with pretty and wonderful dots to make one dot.

The colors red, blue and yellow make all kinds of colors. A bunch of little dots swirling around one big dot. I’ve made dots on paper…  And then I felt like dots are so much like rainbows…  Imagine a rainbow dot.

It was a party of colors!

We hope you enjoy our celebration of dots…and take the time to leave your mark in the comments section of our blog!


2 thoughts on “Making Our Mark

  1. Wow MAC class!!! Your dots are beautiful! I love the bright colors you used, they really drew my attention! Also, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on dots in your poem! Keep up the good work!!!

  2. Nice job guys! I miss being in the old MAC class. I like it better than the one up here at Ada. Don’t tell Mrs. D’entremount I said that please. Anyways guys, keep up the good work! By the way, three cheers to the new first graders! Your former pupil,

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