Hooray, hooray, it’s the Hundredth Day! What a fun event for students and teachers alike. Every grade level can get in on the action. Try these activities to get your classroom in the spirit.
Math Connection: 100 Collections
Have each student bring in 100 small items (such as paper clips, cotton balls or Cheerios). You can preface this by reading the story 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler, which tells the tale of a child trying to do the same task- find 100 items to bring to school for the big day. On the 100th Day, students enjoy sharing their items and describing what they found at home. Students can work in pairs to draw pictures of their items and compare them in size and shape. If you have access to balance scales, students can take turns comparing and weighing their items to see who had the heaviest and lightest collections in the classroom. Teachers can make bar graphs of the results.
Language Arts Connection: Your 100th Birthday
What will it be like when you turn 100 years old? Have students pretend it’s their 100th birthday! Have them draw pictures of themselves at the ripe old age of 100. What will they look like? How will they act? Students always break into giggling fits, thinking about what they will be like as senior citizens. Hang the results on a bulletin board or make a class book with each child’s story. They are always fun to read at the end of the year!
Literature Connection: 100th Day Library
Set up a mini library of 100th Day books in your classroom. Try these favorite titles for elementary students:
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten – Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff
100 Days of School – Trudy Harris
The Night Before the 100th Day of School – Natasha Wing
Emily’s First 100 Days of School – Rosemary Wells
How Many Jellybeans? – Andrea Menotti (although this is not specifically about 100 days, it deals with counting and demonstrating how much 100 actually looks like)
Art Connection: 100 Hats and Glasses
100th Day art projects are simple to whip up with little effort. Have students make construction paper hats or crowns with 100 written on them. Photocopy the number 100 written in puffy print for students to color and cut out. They can glue them to popsicle sticks and use the zeros as eye holes. Instant 100 glasses!
Happy 100th Day!!
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