Last year was the first year I decided to do it up big with the 100th day of school. Every year that I have taught we have counted up the days by adding a penny and a straw to our calendar. We add a straw to the ones column and a penny to the money chart. We make exchanges for tens and hundreds, as well as nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar bills. The kids look forward to their turn each morning and it’s a fun way of teaching the math skills. (photo of calendar area from last school year)
Starting last year, I decided that my first graders and I should celebrate being 100 days smarter! The following are examples of how we spent the 100th day of school in our classroom.
We celebrate being 100 days smarter by dressing up as 100 year olds! Students come dressed as old ladies and gents on this day. Gray hair, walkers, canes, beaded glasses, suspenders, knee highs…you name it! Due to privacy, I’m unable to share just how creative these students (and their parents) get. 😦
Last school year I had the students create a 100 day snack by placing 10 pieces of 10 different snacks in a Ziploc for a 100 piece snack. I used Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Teddy Grahams, Apple Jacks, pretzel sticks, Goldfish, M&Ms, marshmallows, Kix, and Cookie Crisp. I had to opt out of doing this every year due to expenses. I teach three classes of first graders and buying all of the items for the snack got a little expensive.
This school year I offered extra credit to students who created art using 100 objects on a piece of white paper or construction paper. Although some students did not need extra credit, 92% of the students participated! Below are images of their art work hung outside our classroom, as well as close ups of a select few.
Both this year and last year we did a whole group activity where students had to come up with something they DID want 100 of and something they DID NOT want 100 of. This idea came from Doodle Bugs Teaching.
Lastly, they took their answers for what they would want and did a journal. Two examples below: