Red Dot Details – Free Arts Integration Lesson Plan

By |2018-10-30T10:10:40-07:00April 6th, 2012|

Overview: This arts integration lesson helps students to extend and enhance main ideas and details through visual art.

Main ideas and details are a difficult concept for a lot of students in grades 3-5 and this lesson really helps to solidify the distinction.



Step 1: Give each student an index card with one red dot on it.

Step 2: Tell students to look at the card and think about some way that the red dot could be a part of a story.

Step 3: Explain to students that they will create an illustration on their card and the red dot must be part of the main idea of the story. The red dot must be incorporated into the illustration in some way. There must also be supporting details to draw the viewer’s attention to the red dot as the main idea.

Step 4: Allow students time to draw their illustration.

Step 5: Once all students have completed their illustrations, explain that they will now write a story about the illustration that they drew. The story must include a main idea and at least 3 details to support the main idea and should be at least 1 full page in length.

Step 6: Have students share their stories and illustrations with the rest of the class


Be sure to download the lesson for the full assessment and printable plan!



  1. Jordan Johnson November 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this lesson and all the others you include on this website. It is so exciting to see how the many types of art can be integrated into the classroom with very little effort. Having the students create an illustration around a simple dot is a different way to have students focus on the main idea and how everything else you draw needs to focus around the main idea. By connecting their illustration then to a short story solidifies the student’s attempts to display their knowledge.

    • Susan Riley November 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      You are so welcome Jordan! Thank YOU for sharing such valuable insights. Please continue to send us your thoughts and ideas for how else we can support you!

  2. Shana English February 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I love this lesson, thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. I included reading the book, The Dot: by Peter Reynolds for my kindergarten students. This really helped them to get their creative juices flowing and engaged students to share their ideas. I also had a mini pre-lesson using other sticker shapes such a rectangles and hearts to model for my students. I also created an i-movie that included their work; they had lots of fun creating this.

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