Ten Black Dots Activities for the Classroom

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Every ten days of school, Zero the Hero visits our classroom. Zero (a puppet) always brings an activity to do. On the 10th day of school, he brings the book Ten Black Dots and activities to go along with the book.

Ten Black Dots

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Ten Black Dots Activities

If you are not familiar with the book, you should check it out! The book Ten Black Dots is a fun counting book written by Donald Crews. It’s simple, but engaging for kids. The book explores what you can make with black dots. This book provides your students with opportunities to practice counting and explore their creativity.

One-to-One Correspondence Practice

A couple of my students struggle with one-to-one correspondence with counting. I pulled a couple of them for counting intervention. Each student was given a copy of the book and some black pom poms.

a book with black pom poms

I reread the book and my intervention students followed along with their own copy of the book. On each page, students placed a pom pom on each black dot and practiced counting. This was a fun way for them to practice one-to-one correspondence when counting.

book with black pom poms

Ten Black Dots Class Book

I love to make class books and place them in our classroom library. Students feel like their work has a purpose. They see themselves as young authors!

After reading the book Ten Black Dots, we brainstormed things we can make with black dots. I modeled a couple of things to make, then challenged them to make their own black dot page.

First, we brainstormed ideas.

We began making individual pages during station time.

At their station, the first thing they did was use a 1-inch circle punch to make black circles with black construction paper. This was hard for some of them but was a great fine motor activity.

black paper and a circle punch

Next, they placed their dots on their paper and drew their design. I showed them how to color their design and then glue the dots down with their glue sponges.

book, paper and black pom poms

After the pages were complete, I made a class book titled Black Dots. My students enjoyed looking through the pages to see what their classmates did with their dots. Would you like to try this activity with your class? Grab the free book cover and pages template below.

Download Black Dot Writing Here

Are you looking for more counting activities? Check out our thematic counting here.

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