Friday, some Ogle students met with three other classes across the metroplex to discuss Peter and Paul Reynolds’ book, The Dot for International Dot Day. Ms. Moura’s first graders met with Ms. Lintelman’s fifth graders in CFBISD through a Google Hangout videoconference to share pictures they created based on Crews’ Ten Black Dots. Then her class asked our kids questions about how Vashti felt during different times in the story and Ms. Moura’s class held up happy or sad feelings cards. Ms. Sims’ second graders met for another Google Hangout with Ms. Thornbrugh’s bilingual second graders in Plano ISD and shared math story problems involving separating and connecting sets of objects with dots. We used the app Draw and Tell for this. Ms. Pease’s first grade class connected with Ms. Lintelman’s fifth grade afternoon class to discuss overcoming struggles in real life. Then we shared our pictures-drawn-from-a-dot to see if they could guess the object. Fun! Check out the video snippets of each conference below.
Participating Ogle classes were chosen based on the following criteria: 1) all students in the class being approved to be photographed according to district documents a week prior to the Hangouts, 2) a class who could come to the library at the times the other schools could meet, 3) a class with time in their schedule to come to the library for pre-teaching lessons the week of Dot Day, and 3) the class with the most students who did not participate in a Dot Day videoconference last year.