100 days of school already? How can it be! While the exact day may be a few weeks away, planning for the celebrations now will help you avoid the last minute rush for activities. Check out the fun lessons ideas below from classroom teachers who really know how to make the 100th day of school a special one!
100th Day Activities and Lessons
Anytime is a Fine Time to Learn about 100!
This idea comes from Tracy, a 1st Grade Teacher in Dyersburg, Tennessee. She says, “In order to help kids focus during transitions and at dismissal time, we use the time to review skills and concepts. For example, as my students line up to depart for the day, I may ask them to take turns spelling a word, define a vocabulary word, or answer a science question.
As the 100th day of school approaches, I center my questions on that theme. I may ask students to name characters from 100th Day books we’ve read, or ask them to skip count by 10s to 100, or ask them to each contribute an item to an ongoing chart list of 100 we are creating (e.g., 100 Tasty Treats, 100 Favorite Books, 100 Animals We Love, etc.).
This ongoing activity helps my children grow in information while I get to squeeze more learning into their day.”
Older & Younger Students Become 100th Day Game Designers
Create a bond between younger and older students with this activity by Tara, a 5th Grade Teacher from Salisbury, North Carolina. “With this 100th Day of School project, we had my older students pair up with younger students in another class to create a collection of 100th Day of School Math Board games. To begin this project, I asked my older students to bring in samples of board games they enjoyed when they were young. We examined these to see how they were played, the aim, rules and challenges of each game, as well as the game pieces needed to play. I guided my students to notice that some games were games of pure chance, while others involved some skill or strategy.
I offered my older students a list of supplies (file folders, cardboard, construction paper, tape, glue, markers, stickers, die, etc.) that I would provide when it was time to make the games. On the list, I included an invitation for them to bring in any supplies from home they might like to use as well.
For homework, I asked children to take the supply list home along with a page of directions that outlined the assignment and included the criteria for game development (e.g., it must be a board game young children can play; it must be able to be played in one sitting; it has to be for 2 or more players, etc.). On the directions, I reminded students to K.I.S.S. : Keep it simple, kids!
Along with the criteria, I gave them a choice of early elementary math topics to consider, such as number recognition, one-digit addition, counting, money, etc. I reminded my students that their games also had to relate to the theme of 100th Day.
After my students had conceptualized their games (with the help of their parents, if they wished) they had to write clear directions to each game. (Easier said than done!) After that, I had them meet with the younger students so the little ones could learn about the game ideas and help with the game construction and production.
The students worked together to create over two-dozen games for use at our 100th Day of School celebration. Some games involved rolling dice and collecting objects, others involved solving 100 math equations, and still others involved skip counting to 100. But the best thing of all was that we found a way to have a group of multi-aged students celebrate 100 together.”
You Can Put Your Money on this 100th Day Money Activity
“As part of our 100th Day of School celebration, we use double-stick tape to adhere coin arrays to a tabletop, with each array equaling the amount of $1.00,” says Karin, a Pre-K Teacher from Blairstown, New Jersey. “We also provide a supply of copy paper (recycled copy paper works well) for children to place over the various coin arrays, plus pencils for rubbing and transferring the coin images onto the papers. The children love to see Abe and George appear like magic!”
“Afterwards, we count the number of coins and the amount of money in each rubbing array. We staple the coin pages together between green construction paper covers to form booklets titled, My Book of $1.00 Coin Rubbings. This activity is a fun way to help students practice counting as they identify coins and coin combinations to $1.00. (Tip: This activity works as a Presidents’ Day celebration as well!)”
What is your favorite way to celebrate the 100th Day of school?
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