PreK – 2
Use the literature resources below to explore examples of the characters acquiring their dream.
(Directions for Hand’y Curriculum Connections)
1) The Dot by Peter H Reynolds
- The DOT video 3:45 min. by Peter Reynolds This is a story for anyone who has been afraid to express themselves and really let their inner talents out. The story features a young girl, Vashti, who tells her teacher she cannot draw. The teacher replies with ”make a mark and see where it takes you” and that is the start of the girl’s wonderful journey.
Question and Answer Interview with Peter Reynold
- International DOT DAY Information - After signing up there is a free download for an Educator’s Handbook for International DOT DAY.
2) ISH by Peter Reynolds 5:14 min.
(Candlewick Press) Ages 3-7 What happens when a reckless comment from an
older sibling destroys a Ramon’s serious passion for drawing? Luckily his older
sister sees things differently. A vase doesn’t have to look just like a vase, just
vase-ISH, she says. Thinking “ish-ly” is just the right remedy for Ramon’s
creativity to bloom.
Journal Reflection: (Select One)
Have learners draw or write for 3-5 minutes about:
My dream is to…
I wish I could…
3rd – 6th
1) Read the book or view the Book Read Aloud, Catching the Moon 13:44 min. with Kevin Costner about the true story of a girl with a dream becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a downloadable Activity.
To learn the steps to achieving a Vision/Dream
To identify how Marcenia went through these steps in the story.
1) Introduce the ‘Creating A Vision” process that show the steps for achieving a dream.
2) Use the Catching the Moon Goal Setting with C.R.O.S.S.ROADS™ process worksheet to have students match Marcenia’s decisions throughout the story with these steps.