Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We've survived 100 days!

Celebrate the 100th day of school with books, activities, and a project that reaches all the students learning styles.
Our school system doesn't start school until after Labor Day...so February is crazy with 100th Day, Valentine's Day, and Presidents' Day.  Here are 100 ideas for the 100th day. Ok...I don't have 100 ideas, but here are few.

1. 100 Day Books
Celebrate the 100th day of school with books, activities, and a project that reaches all the students learning styles.

We have to start here. I love introducing students to the book The 100th Day Worries before the 100th day. I send home a project due on the 100th day, so this is the perfect book to get them thinking. Of course, Miss Bindergarten is always a good option and I also like to read I'll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words before we start our list of 100 words.

2.  A 100 Day Squiggle.
Celebrate the 100th day of school with books, activities, and a project that reaches all the students learning styles.

If you have read my blog before, you know I LOVE squiggles.  (Click here to read my squiggle post.) My students are given a paper with a giant 100 typed into the middle of the page.  They are allowed to turn the paper in any direction to create something.  Here are a few examples.  I think the students were very creative.  A family with an umbrella?  A clothesline?  A man with a yo-yo?  Really? Variation:  Cut the three numerals out with the Ellison (c) machine and let the students create the objects with the 1, 0, and 0.

3.  100 Exercises

Work in 100 exercises during the day.  It's not as hard as it seems.

10 jumping jacks, 10 toe touches, 10 sit ups, 10 kicks, 10 arm curls, 10 leg lifts, 10 squats, 10 twists, 10 knee marches, 10 seconds of running in place

You can do it.

4.  100 Years Old

What will you look like when you are 100?  OR what will your parent look like when they are 100 years old?  OR what does a 100 year old look like?  It doesn't matter how you phrase it, they love it.  They have very clear ideas about what a 100 year old will mean.  I usually give my students a pretty simple template and let them go to town.
Celebrate the 100th day of school with books, activities, and a project that reaches all the students learning styles.

5.  100 Day Snack

Here's an easy way to count to 100...and there's a built-in reward...the snack!  Students can count 10 pieces of 10 snacks.

10 goldfish, 10 m&ms, 10 pretzels, 10 cheez-It squares, 10 cheese balls, 10 candy corns, 10 valentine hearts, 10 popcorn kernels, 10 doritos, 10 gummy bears

I typically set up 5 stations with 2 snacks at each station.  Give the students a Ziploc (c) bag and they count to 10 for each snack and move to the next station.  Several on-line friends suggested 100 counting mats.  They took a 12x18 construction paper with 10 circles.  This is a great way to have students self-check their 100 day snack.  If you do this, you will want to rotate bowls of the 10 snacks, so the students don't move the mats.

6.  We Know 100 Words!

When you announce to the students at the beginning of the day they will help you write 100 words throughout the day, they will think it's impossible.  "Collect" words as the day goes on:  calendar time, math time, interactive read alouds, word wall words, history words...whatever you are doing, write it down.

7. 100 Day Collections

Celebrate the 100th day of school with books, activities, and a project that reaches all the students learning styles.
It's the perfect companion to Mrs. Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of School and The 100th Day Worries.  Give the students a quart size Ziploc (c) bag and tell them to collect 100 items to go in the bag.  I've had very creative collections in the past:  100 gum balls, 100 paperclips, 100 Barbie (c) shoes, 100 barrettes, 100 legos.

If you'd like the color header for the 100 Day Collections, CLICK HERE FOR COLOR COPY.

If you'd like a black and white header for the 100 day Collections,CLICK HERE FOR A BLACK AND WHITE COPY.

8.  100 Day Learning Style Projects


If you'd like your students to do a project that appeals to their learning style, try this. Some examples are listed below.

Visual/Spatial
  • collect items
  • draw items
  • cut 100 items

Verbal/Linguistic
  • write 100 words
  • write a story with 100 words
  • If I had $100…

Logical/Mathematical
  • draw different ways to count to 100-do 100 dance moves

Aural/Musical
  • play 100 beats
  • write a song a to familiar tune

Physical/Kinesthetic

  • do 100 exercises


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