Two dots can make the eyes of a foxOr the eyes of keys that open locks. |

*Ten Black***by Donald Crews (Greenwillow Books, 1986). This picture book for grades PreK-2 deals with numbers and operations.**

*Dots*The book asks the question,

*What can you do with ten black dots?*This question is answered throughout the book by using illustrations of everyday objects beginning with one dot and continuing up to ten. Simple rhymes accompany the pictures.

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__Materials Needed__- Unifix cubes or Snap Cubes (multi-link cubes) as seen on the right
- Black circles cut from construction paper or black circle stickers
- Crayons
- Pencils
- Story paper
- Calculators -simple ones like you purchase for $1.00 at Walmart

__Activities:__**1)**Read the book a number of times to your class. Let the students count the dots in each picture. On about the third reading, have the children use the snap cubes to build towers that equal the number of dots in each picture.

**2)**Have the children think of different ways to make combinations, such as:

*How could we arrange*(e.g. 1 and 3, 4 and 0, 2 and 2) Have the children use black dots or snap cubes to make various combinations for each numeral from 2-10.

__four__black dots?**3)**This is a perfect time to work on rhyming words since the book is written in whimsical verse. Make lists of words so that the students will have a

*Word Wall of Rhyming Words*for activity #4.

- How many words can we make that rhyme with: sun? fox? face? grow? coat? old? rake? rain? rank? tree?
- Except for the first letter, rhyming words do not have to be spelled the same. Give some examples (fox - locks or see - me)

**4)**Have the children make their own Black Dot books (Black circle stickers work the best although you can use black circles cut from construction paper. I'm not a big fan of glue!) Each child makes one page at a time. Don't try to do this all in one day. Use story paper so that the children can illustrate how they used the dots as well as write a rhyme about what they made. Collate each book, having each child create a cover.

**5)**Have the children figure out how many black dots are needed to make each book. (The answer is 55.) This is a good time to introduce calculators and how to add numbers using the calculator.

If you can't find

**in your library, it is still available on Amazon.**

*Ten Black Dots*I found a wonderful blog posting where Holly, who is an art teacher, used this book for an art project. Check it out at Links, Dots and Doodles.