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Courage Can Begin with a Dot

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First Courage

60 minutes

Students will:

  • Deepen their understanding of courage
  • Create a dot art project representing courage
  • Reflect on and analyze their experiences of being courageous

Materials Needed:

Introductory Activity:
Read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Ask the following guiding questions:

  • Why didn’t Vashti want to make her art?
  • How did her art teacher help her find the courage?
  • What happened next?
  • How did Vashti inspire courage in the little boy at the end of the story?
  • How can we be courageous in our classroom and lives?
  • How can we encourage others to be courageous in our class?

Individual Activity:
Have students create their own dots, either using a piece of paper and crayons/markers or a coffee filter and water colors. Tell students there is no wrong way to make their art, setting a tone of risk-taking and courage to try new things. Create gold frames if desired.

Concluding Activity:
Post all the dots in a prominent place, and allow students time to take a gallery walk around and observe each piece of art. Show the Character Club Courage video and reinforce the concept of courage with students.

Discussion and observation, dot project, reflection on activity, student participation