I know that some teachers have already celebrated 100 Day, but for quite a few, that day is coming up around Valentine’s Day.
There have been many requests on the various web rings that I frequent, for some “different” ideas and themes, so I came up with Ants a few weeks ago.
Start your day by surprising your students with a 100 Day Party Smartie card on their desk.
Increase their finger dexterity and fold paper to form the number 100 and make a "growth" card comparing their weight and height from the 1st day of school to the 100th day.
I LOVE hippo’s and thought the above play on words would be appropriate. Harley and Helga were fun to draw. I hope you enjoy them. I designed the following hippo-riffic activities around them:
Trace, cut and glue the mixed up words to spell one hundred for a different kind of skill sheet.
Hippo Todd is fond of odd numbers and Steven (my son’s name,) likes even numbers. Have fun filling in the appropriate ones all the way to 100 by playing this “Speed” game.
I haven’t seen anyone make 100 tallies and that’s certainly a great way to count by 5’s. Can you accomplish this feat in 100 seconds?
Get in some estimation exercise by guessing how many candy hearts will fill up Harley’s mouth, then do some math extensions by the ton!
Make a class book, pencil topper, necklace, valentine, and two puppets—one from a lunch bag and one for your fingers.
Puppets are great for showing spatial directions, identifying body parts, counting, helping to retell a story, and even doing the Hippo Pokey with!
Click on the link to view/print the 100-Day Hippo-themed packet.
Whatever you’re doing for 100-Day, I hope it’s simply hippo-licious!
For lots more 100 Day ideas and activities click on the link.
"O-fish-ally" 100 Days Smarter!
I LOVE play on words, not that younger students always “get it” but hopefully their parents will, and appreciate a teacher’s efforts at creating special things to make their child’s days at school extra fun.
I was inspired by Mary Beth’s “O-fish-ally” play on words on her Nothing But Country site, where she attached a die cut fish to bags of cinnamon cookie fish, as gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. Click on the link to see this cute idea.
I revamped this concept for a quick and inexpensive thing teachers can whip together for their students for 100 Day.
I chose the colored Goldfish and put 20 in netting. These tulle circles are sold at The Dollar Store (20 in a pack).
I’ve included a graphing extension that you can do if you want, as there are 4 colors of fish.
Tie shut with curling ribbon or yarn and you are done in a jiffy!
I made a poem to go with it, so students can practice their rhyming skills. There’s one for August as well as September. Here in Michigan we don’t start ‘til after Labor Day.
I loved this play on words so much that I also made a matching 100 Day certificate.
Many teachers also have 100 Day counting mats where students put 10 things in each one of the circles and then count by 10’s. Students could munch down 10 goldfish and then use the other 10 fishy crackers for one of their counters on the mat.
Click on the link to print my 100 Day circle counting mat.
Click on the link to print the “O-fish-ally” 100 Days smarter stuff.
Click on the link for other 100 Day freebies including art projects, center activities, bulletin board ideas + an 85-page unit. Be sure and check back tomorrow for yet another 100 Day idea!
Whatever you’ve planned for your 100 Day, I hope it’s “golden!”
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"There's a way to do it better! Find it." -Thomas Edison
Happy 100 Day To Us! (Sung to the tune of Happy Birthday.)
We’ve Rocketed Our Way To 100 Day!
Learning Is “Snow” Much Fun!
Look Whooooooo’s 100 Days Wiser! What’s your favorite thing that you’ve learned?
We’re Writing Away On 100 Day!
A Valentine 100 Day B. Board:
100 Day Collection Poster: This poster idea can be found in the 100 Day Idea Article.
How I Might Look If I Live To Be 100! Also in this article is a picture of me as 100-year-old "Granny". A bit scary, but my students enjoy listening to her read a 100 Day story after they have made a drawing of themselves when they're as old as she is! This makes for an adorable b. board. You can include your students' current school pix with a "before" caption, next to their "oldie-but-goodie" "later" picture. The template for this is also in the 100 Day Idea Article.
Hunter the 100 Day Hound: This adorable puppy game/activity makes a cute bulletin board after its complete and can be found in the 100 Day Idea Article. You can write the numbers 1-100 on the sticker dots if you want.
Working Harder To Be 100 Days Smarter: Enlarge your students’ school pix, have them glue them to a rainbow-colored assortment of hearts. Cut out this caption from an Ellison die-cut machine. Have students glue the corner of their heart to the “Things I’ve learned in 100 days” scroll found in the packet in the above 100 Day Article.
Whatever you're planning for your 100th Day clebration, I hope you have 100's of great moments, filled with wonderful lessons worthy to display on a bulletin board!
Click on the link to print/view the 100 Day Bulletin Board Templates + article.
If you're looking for activities to do for your 100th Day of school, you've come to the right Blog! You can click on the FREE 100 Day 78-page unit at the end of the article to view/print the 100 Day activities that follow.
Come step into my classroom and teach with me for 100 Day with Mrs. H and her Y5's. This is a big article so I've broken it up into several parts.
Here's what I do for my 100th Day of school from start to finish: Hopefully you'll get some new ideas to help celebrate your special day!
To prepare, buy some Smartie candies at The Dollar Store. One of my themes for the day is that my students are 100 Days Smarter! These are a sweet treat for them, match the theme of the day, melt quickly and are inexpensive.
100 Day Decorations:
A quick door decoration for your students to walk through on 100 Day is to measure a sheet of bulletin board paper the width of your door and the height of your students. Write Happy 100 Day on it with thick marker. Hang it at the top of your door with the writing facing out. Starting at the bottom, cut slashes of streamers up to the top so that they can walk through them. I tell my students not to pull on the streamers or they'll make them come down.
Things we have done all year long to get to this day:We have a magnetic apple tree poster and have placed a numbered apple on it as part of our Morning Message. So it's a big deal to finally place the 100th apple on the tree. We quickly count these by 10's to 100.
We've also kept track of 100 days by coloring in a gumball on our gumball poster as part of our calendar time. To celebrate this, everyone has a penny on their desk and when they are done with their Table Top lesson they get to put it in my real gumball machine and get a piece of bubble gum to chew on 'til we are done with centers, then into the trash can it must go.
In the hallway chugging around the bottom of the wall is our 100-car choo-choo train. It was a nice way of keeping my students occupied while we waited for people to use the bathroom. I made an engine and a caboose. The rest of the cars were shapes. I used the colors of the rainbow. The star student of the day would get to write the number on it, and tell me what color and shape would be the pattern for the new car, then they'd hang it up with poster putty. While we waited for children to finish up in the bathroom I could ask all sorts of "I spy" or prediction questions using the train. Writing 100 on the caboose and adding it to our train was an exciting thing for my students. The children guessed how many yard sticks long our train would be and then we measured it. I laminated these pieces and a room helper erased the numbers with a Mr. Clean sponge so I could use them every year. The train also fit my "Little Engine That Could" theme of "I know you can do it!" because you are "Can-Do Kids!" I truly believe that a positive attitude is "everything" and I try extremely hard all year to promote that and build self-esteem. The train is a daily reminder of that philosophy.
Anyone who can count to 100 by 10's on this last day of assessments gets a little bottle of bubbles. Certificates will be awarded along with the bubbles. One of our stories during story time will be about bubbles, at which time they will get to pop open the bubbles and blow away. Hopefully we'll be able to make 100 bubbles. Some of our Table Top and center lessons revolve around the theme of bubbles and bubble gum because of these things.
We've had a small 100-piece puzzle (I've numbered the pieces so we can easily put this together) on the windowsill, that we've put a piece on each day and can now complete it.
I have an index card flip book that sits in our chalk sill that we flip a numbered card over each day as we count up to 100 Day. This is the final flipped card! We will also be turning over our last number on the 100-numbered pocket chart. I point to this chart to count by 5's to 100, because I make those numbers in a different color for that day.
100 Day Homework:
For homework, I send a small baggie home with a note that explains that they are to bring 5 small things in that are appropriate for gluing to our 100 Day poster. (I have 20 students so it's easy to do the math for this.) When they bring their baggie back, I call them up to the table and they squirt a dab of glue anywhere they want on our big 100 number and glue their "things" down. This poster has to dry over night and then we hang our collage of 100 things in the hallway. To make one, just make the number 100 in bubble letters on a piece of tag board and send my note home to parents a few days before 100 Day. I also pin a reminder on any child who hasn't brought a bag in before hand.
When I taught 1st grade I sent a note home 2 weeks before, along with a little 100 day journal, that explained I wanted them to bring back this booklet on 100 Day, with 100 words written in it (10 each day). These could be any new words that they wanted to learn and then to have their favorite one ready to share with their classmates.
I have a secret number that I hide behind a big question mark; today's number is 100. Everyone has guessed it correctly every year! I trick them a little bit, before I flip the card over and show them that they are correct, because I write it as a Roman numeral, which leads us into a discussion of different ways to write one hundred.
A Fun Way To Count To 100:
It's 100 Day so of course we have to count to 100. That can be pretty tedious for a bunch of 5-year-old's. I make it extra fun by stacking a pile of books! Here's a picture of a stack of 100 books taken in our library. I have a zillion books in my personal collection, so building a stack in my room and counting them as we go is no problem and lots of fun for my students. I have 20 students in my class so they each get to hold 5 books and take turns putting one on the pile. We make one huge pile and count as we go. Today is a very fun filled math day. As you can see by the other examples I have them counting to 100 several different ways through out the day.
100 Day Table Top Activities:
I start the day with Table Top lessons. Today I have a packet on their desk that's entirely themed around 100 Day.
To make that a bit more fun, the first few sheets are "Speed!" games. I design these so that my Y5's get used to things being timed, as they'll have to take timed quizzes and tests in the future, as well as do "mad-minute" math and be expected to finish and accomplish tasks in a certain amount of time. I want to get them used to that in a fun way so they won't have anxiety in later grades and "Speed" does the trick.
I've provided my 100 Day Table Top-skill sheet packet in the templates. The 1st few pages are the "Speed" games that we do as a whole group. I say: "Read-Set-100 Day!" and then they begin that paper. The 1st one done, shoots up their hand and I check to make sure they've got the answers correct. I allow 100 seconds for these papers. Everyone gets a 100 Day sticker or stamp on these pages; the child who is the 1st one done with the correct answers, gets a Smartie. I staple this packet together and they put their name on it. If you don't want to use it as a table top booklet, you can use the cover as a coloring page, or make it into a different skill sheet by writing addition or subtraction equations etc. on it. Pick and choose the pages that work for you.
From Table Top they independently transition to Centers.
100 Day Centers:
I run slap bracelets off on yellow construction paper, laminate the sheets, cut them out on a paper cutter, and then have my students trace the "Happy 100-Day", then I slap the bracelet on them and tape it on their wrist. If you don't want to use them as a bracelet, they make a nice bookmark for older students.
I have a variety of centers set up for them on long tables and TV trays that I put up for special occasions like today. If you don't have TV trays you may want to look for some at garage sales. They are perfect for centers as they can fit in a small space, are just the right size for little people, set up in a flash and are easy to store. If I haven't purchased 100 Day glasses for my kids, or made them on an Ellison die-cut machine, we make the paper plate mask listed in my Arts/Crafts & Activities side blog as one of the centers. There's also a shape mask in this packet if you'd like to reinforce shapes as well. This one's a bit more colorful. I like to nail as many report card standards as possible with any given project, so this one hits colors (I teach English and Spanish) as well as shapes, so I usually opt to do this one. I have a room helper pre-cut the shapes to expedite things, but older students have no problems whipping through the cutting.
100 Day Art Projects:
For fun and quick art projects you can make the toilet paper roll 100 Day Fireworks, A Rip and Tear 100, or The 100 Day Heart Dangler. I choose one option and have the supplies laying out for them. If you want to have some decorations up for this day, you could do the Rip and Tear 100 or the Dangler the day before and then decorate the room for your celebration. The Reinforcement Banner would be cute for this purpose as well. My favorite is the Rip and tear 100.
I cut rainbow-colored strips so I can reinforce the basic colors as stated above, plus a rainbow pattern. Each student needs only one set of strips to complete the picture. They turn out really colorful and my students enjoy making them. Have your students tear 3 strips at a time (if they can) with the red on top, followed by the orange and yellow. Then a second set of Green, Blue, and Purple. I have my strips in order when I cut them on the paper cutter, and lay them out in sets for my students to grab. After they rip off a "square" section they should lay the entire color pattern group in one little pile (ROYGBP) so they won't get confused as to the order they need to glue them on. (They will have many little piles of 6 square-like torn pieces. They won't use them all.) I have them RUB a stripe of glue down a section of the number one and then begin sticking their color group onto the number. Then they make another glue stripe and stick another set of colors down. If they do it this way, they should be done with the entire project in about 6 minutes.
The slap bracelets are also a center at a TV tray and tucked in a long plastic organizational basket people buy to put in drawers. They are perfect for keeping my centers neat and keeping my students focused and organized when they work at them. They can also add a flat-backed jewel to their slap bracelet adhering it with a glue dot. I also have metallic heart stickers available if they'd like to put two of those on their bracelet on top of the zeros.
Because our 100 Day is right on the heels of Valentine's Day I thought it would be appropriate for them to make a valentine that said "I love you!" in 100 different languages. I went online and found out how you do that. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be thanks to the site listed below. Run off the master on red construction paper and have the children cut it out. To save time, and because they can't be run off, pre-cut larger black hearts and have them glue the red heart onto the black heart. Run off the 100 "I love you!" list, pre-cut it so that it will fit on the hearts. Students glue the list to the red heart. Run off the poem + the "I love you so much!" Happy 100 Day from your smart ____________. Have them cut it out, glue it on the back of the heart and fill in kindergartner, first grader etc. in the blank and then sign their name. I punch holes on either side of the hearts and tie with a yarn bow. Thanks to this website where I found thr list: http://www.trap17.com/index.php/Quoti-Love-Youquot-100-Languages_t6060.html
Students also make a 100 Day Star necklace by simply stringing cut up neon or rainbow-colored straws on a piece of lacing plastic. Older students can string 100 pieces and separate each set of 10 with a pony bead. Run off the stars, laminate, and cut them out. Attach a tiny safety pin to the top of the star. When they are done stringing their necklace clip the star to the center of their necklace.
My students also make a 100 Day Crown, and a "This is how I will look when I'm 100-years-Old" face and then run it through Mr. Cruncher Muncher. Mr. Cruncher Muncher is a crinkling tool I bought at a craft store. It's simply a roller. When you insert a sheet of paper and crank the knob it churns out the sheet looking like a piece of corrugated cardboard. It's a great fine motor skill for my students. I do a crinkled "something" each month. Putting a flesh-toned oval in the machine provides "instant wrinkles" and a great affect for 100 Day project that my students really enjoy.
Dressing Up For 100 Day:
I often thought it would be fun for students to dress up as 100-year-old people for 100 Day. I dress up in the afternoon as a surprise guest speaker. I ask them the day before if they would like my granny to come visit and read a story to them. I explain that she just turned 100 in summer so she lives in a retirement home, but I could go pick her up. They are all excited. I remind them that she is very old and some people say she looks like a witch so please do not make fun of her. They promise to be on their best behavior. I dress up in one of my Victorian tea dresses while they are at lunch, complete with a gray wig and old lady mask. One of my room helpers is there to bring my students in and I'm sitting in our reading rocking chair and welcome them with my crackling old lady voice. You can hear a pin drop. A few ask if it's me, but they are all about the wonder and imagination of it and play along so we have fun reading a 100 Day story. After the story, I ask if I can use their bathroom, change in a minute and pop back out as me. To my surprise they are so excited to tell me about granny and ask me where she went! Their comments are quite hilarious.
100 Day Play Money:
One of their favorite centers is the play money. They find their sheet with their picture in the center of the 100 Dollar bills and are absolutely thrilled! They cut out their money, keep one of their bills and then exchange the others with friends so they have an assortment of money with their classmate's pictures! I simply made a copy of a real 100 Dollar bill on my printer, shrunk it down, made a master of a set of 100 dollar mini-bills, made a copy of my class composite, cut those pictures into ovals, glued them to the center of the mini bills and ran off a set for each child on green copy paper. It takes a bit of time, but they are so surprised and excited when they go to this center that it's definitely worth it. My students also need lots of cutting practice, and when they get to do this activity they enjoy it, so they don't mind cutting out their own money. They also really enjoy choosing which friends they will exchange their money with. I print off enough of my own money so that I can give each of my students a Mrs. Henderson 100 Dollar Bill. I make an extra copy of theirs and hang it up on a 100 Day bulletin board with the Caption: We Are Rich With Education And 100 Days Smarter! Look What We've Learned So Far: I post our 100 day glasses on the corner of our paper of what we learned. (This scrolled sheet is an activity you can also print out for your students.)
Great Fine Motor Skill Fun:
At another center they bingo dot a 100. This was in my Subscription member's Free February Newsletter-Packet. Check it out by clicking on the link and scrolling to the bottom of the article. Click on the February Apple Bytes Packet. I can't link you directly to it, because if you're not registered on our site the monthly packets are invisible on the shopping cart. This bingo dot center is also one of their favorite centers. For some reason my Y5's LOVE bingo dabbing and it's a great fine motor skill where I can incorporate patterning.
Another fun fine motor skill for them is to put reinforcement holes on the number 100, I've also designed a pennant flag done with reinforcement holes for older students. The other favorite fine motor skill my students enjoy doing is a Pinch and Poke. They hang on to a large thumb tack or golf tee, lay on their tummies on the carpet, and poke a hole in whatever pattern is on the page. Today it is an oversized 100 Dollar bill that I made.
After they complete their centers and Table Top it's time for recess.
100 Day Math Games / Activities: Measuring-Guess-timating
I have 100 colored garage sale circle dots stuck all over the room. Each child gets to find 5 and stick them on Hunter the Hundred Day Dog, turning him into a spotted hound. To make one, put the dog picture on an overhead and trace him onto a large sheet of tag board. Buy 10 different colored stickers and then stick 10 of each color around the room. Figure out how many each child can find, and then let the game begin. Count the colors by 10's so that you can count quickly and move on to the next activity.
I make name labels for everyone and tell them that they have to take care of their label so that they can use it several times.
More Fun 100 Day Math Extensions:
Prior to doing the next activity, make sure you count out your steps so that you can see your children. My 100 steps is out the door and straight down the hallway, so my students don't have to turn any corners, and are always in plain sight.
100 Day Math Extensions: Weighing
Besides measuring we also weigh things.
100 Day Blast Off!
After lunch I set a timer to ring promptly one minute before 1:00 then as the exact time approaches, have a 10-9-8-7-6 count down and yell "Happy 100 Day!" like you would on New Years. I have my students get in a crouching position so they can bounce up into the air like a rocket ship. We sing some 100 Day songs at this time and march around the room to get the wiggles out.
100 Day Gross Motor Fun:
THE END OF OUR DAY...
We end our day on a quiet note and do these things:
Zero The Hero
The lower grades get together and we have someone dress up as Zero the Hero and visit each class.
Snack Time: A special 100 Day snack called Derdnuh!
We eat our Derdnuh snack.
Quiet Time: A Special 100 Day Guessing Game
Guess which bags have 100 in them.
Discussion, Sharing & Story Time:
We share what our favorite thing was that we did during 100 Day. I ordered a 100 Day ball from Oriental Trading and I toss that back and forth to each child to give them a turn to talk.
I finish reading Sammy the Snake Counts up to 100 Day and let the children select one more 100 Day book from our basket and I read that. I made a Sammy skill sheet where students fill in the missing numbers from 1 to 100. I did not put in any other numbers other than 1 and 100. I leave that up to you to decide as to the difficulty of the sheet. Fill in as many as you want.
I have compiled their 100 Day contribution pages and made our 100 Day Class Books, so I share these with them as well. Click on the link which will take you to the February Writing Class Books article; there you can read the directions and click on the 100 Day Class Books . I've also included 2 other ones (I'd Walk 100 Miles For... and Our 100 Pictures) in this packet. For other 100 Day storybooks check out the link in my 100 Day Books bibliography in the February Books of the Month Blog. Scroll down the page, 100 Day Book Bibliography is the 2nd one.
My other favorite 100 Day book is Keiko Kasza's Wolf's Chicken Stew. If you get Mailbox Magazine and save your issues, check out the 2007-2008 Dec/Jan issue. I'm one of their freelance writers and on page 54 I did an article on this book. It includes several activities that would be perfect for 100 Day extensions, after you read the story. One's an easy baby chick that students make where they feed cookies to the chick. It's great for regular or skip counting. The other is a pig face they make and then cut out and sequence the 6 story circles and staple them to the pig's nose.
Something else I made up that will help your students practice writing and counting to 100 is my What's Missing? a fill-in-the-blank 100 Counting Skill Sheet Book. It's filled with a 100 grid for each month. More squares are left blank as the month's progress and children become more adept at this skill. To view/print one, click on the link.
Our day has now come to an end and I wish my Y5's one last "Happy 100 Day!" and tell them how proud I am of how far they've come, and how much they've learned. I give them each a "100 Day Certificate" and a "100 Words of Praise From Your Teacher" sheet that I made up so they can tuck it in with the rest of their goodies, as they pack up their things and get ready to leave. It's been a terrific day and I'm ready for a nice cup of tea and 100 minutes of peace and quiet...
100 Day is one of my favorite theme days.
I hope you gathered some ideas that will make 100 Day at your school extra special for you and your students/children too!
I've made this into a nice 100 Day Unit for you. It's chock full of all these ideas (78 pages! + the article's tips, 7 pages, for a grand total of 85 pages! Enjoy. )