I love explaining to my students that we are celebrating a made up day. Just for the fun of it.
For this made up day, I made up a contest. Students would design a dot, color with markers ON dot day, we would vote for a favorite design in each class. I hung up each of the dots and let them vote.
No they could not vote for their down dot. Duh. And next time, I think instead of counting the votes, I will draw at random so that maybe the most popular kid won't win, but a dot that deserves it because of effort. I dunno, what do you think?
I was actually trying to figure out how to incorporate a little technology into the year, and I wanted to do that by introducing a new app: Quiver. Quiver used to be a different company, so I was browsing to see what they have added now that they have expanded. Under the 'education' tab for teachers, the animal cell is AMAZING. Here is a link to the dot day page. I mirrored my iPad with my apple TV and demonstrated how to use the app, it is super easy.
Basically students can color their dot, hover over the top of it and then boom, their dot comes alive. It is more than just a coloring sheet. It is a coloring sheet, a contest and augmented reality all rolled into one dot!! (Prizes were a little lame---a sketchbook, from my collection of extras I've hoarded in years past OR a 'golden pencil'. I seriously save all the tiny pencils that are too small for the sharpener and spray paint them gold. Easy cheap prize that kids feel happy to get).