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Think Dots

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Subject Level Think Dots Technology
Language Arts HS Prejudice Student choice in multimedia:  Podcast, video, pictures 
Math  MS  Algebra Levels 1-3   
Science  MS  Science  




© Kay Brimijoin, 2003


After a conceptual unit has been presented and students are familiar with the concepts, practice the process


Think Dots activity sheet.

Each student rolls the die and completes the activity on the card that corresponds to the dots thrown on the die (that is, if a student

rolls a “three,” she then finds the card with three dots on it and completesthe activity written on that card). Each student then completes the

activity on the activity sheet.

Each student is given a set of activity cards on a ring, a die, and an activity sheet.


1. 8 ½ x 11 inch paper or 5X7 index cards

2. Hole punch

3. Metal or plastic rings

4. Dice

5. Scissors

6. Markers or sticker dots

7. Laminating materials (optional)


Think Dots Activities


The activities on the activity card should allow students to explore what they just

learned from a variety of angles.

• You may consider having each activity card explore a concept or idea from a different

level of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy*

• You can use the cards for a fun, engaging test review– put different formulas,

important terms, or problems on each card*Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy is included in this packet.


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1. For each readiness level, six activities should be created.

2. On an 8 ½ x 11 inch page divided into six sections (this can be done

easily on the computer by creating a 2 x 3 cell table and saving it as

a template), the activities should be written or typed in each section.

3. On the back of each page, dots corresponding to the dots on the faces

of a die should be either drawn or affixed (you can use Avery

adhesive dots) on each of the six sections of the page.

4. The pages should be laminated for durability.

5. Then each page should be cut into the six sections.

6. Use a hole punch to make holes in one corner or in the top of each

activity card.

7. Use a metal or plastic ring to hold each set of six cards together (you

can get 100 metal rings from office supply stores for $9.00)

8. Create an Activity Sheet to correspond to the lesson for easy

recording and management.

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1. Use colored paper and/or colored dots to indicate

different readiness levels, interests or learning


2. Have students work in pairs.

3. Let students choose which activities – for example:

roll the die and choose any three; create complex

activities and have students choose just one to work

on over a number of days.

4. After students have worked on activity cards

individually, have them come together in groups by

levels, interest or learning style to synthesize

the ideas and associated skills, “Think DOTS” is an excellent activity for

students to construct meaning for themselves about the concept they are

studying. The instructor first defines readiness levels, interests or learning

styles in the class, using on-going assessment.

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