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.
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My 99 Year Old Granny
Because I always planned a zillion things for 100 Day, there just never seemed to be enough time for everything I wanted to fit in, so I decided to put a few fun things in the day before, to help build excitement. One of them was my 99-year-old granny.
I asked my Y5’s “What number comes before 100?” Some of them actually guessed correctly. I told them that my granny was 99 and asked them if they wanted her to come in and read a 100-Day story, the vote was always unanimous!
Granny is really me, dressed up in a white wig and little old lady mask. One year a room helper heard my conversation with the children and thought it was just wonderful that granny was coming. I didn’t know I sounded that convincing; too funny!
You too can easily have a granny or gramps come visit. Simply plan ahead in October when masks and wigs go on sale at huge discounted prices after Halloween.
A trip to the Goodwill for an old-fashioned dress and hat + my grandmother's cameo complete the look.
I tell my little ones that I have to go pick up granny at the home, so I’ll be gone during lunch time and a room helper will pick them up after recess and bring them to our classroom.
This gives me time to change into my costume and sit in my rocking chair. I also tell them that granny is 99 and very very old.
We discuss how old people look. So they are not scared, I tell them that some people have hurt granny’s feelings by telling her that she is so old and wrinkled that she looks like a witch and that made her cry.
We discuss that that was really mean and they would never do something like that.
This fends off any fears or comments they might have when they walk through the door and see this rather creepy creature sitting in my chair.
You can always hear a pin drop when they walk in and see me. I greet them in my old-lady voice and bid them come in with my shaky hand.
I tell them that my granddaughter, Mrs. H, will soon be back, as she had to go park the car.
“Would you like granny to read you a story?” They are wide-eyed with wonder. A few ask if it’s me, but even the doubters are happy to play along.
After the story, I ask if I can use the bathroom in their classroom. It takes a minute to take off my “stuff.”
When I come out as me, they are all talking at once, and can’t wait to tell me that granny was there and read them a story! This truly cracks me up, as even the doubters can’t wait to tell me all about it, not once wondering how Mrs. H. got in the bathroom!
A few ask me if I was really granny. I ask them what they think, but never really answer their question. They all want granny to come again, but now it’s time to transition to the next activity…
I have a tool my students have fondly nick named Mr. Cruncher Muncher.
You put a piece of paper in, they turn the crank and it comes out looking like corrugated cardboard.
I LOVE the results and the students really enjoy putting their finished cut outs in Mr. Cruncher Muncher’s “mouth".
It’s a super fine motor skill, so I use it at least once a month. We discuss how their faces will change when they are old like granny, discussing glasses, wrinkles, white or gray hair, age spots etc.
They return to their seats and cut out a large oval face, drawing what they think they will look like when they are 100.
Then they run their oval face through Mr. Cruncher Muncher to really add some 3- D wrinkles! Using scraps of white and gray construction paper they add hair. This too can be run through the rollers for more awesome effects.
Girls can fold large round white paper doilies in half and glue them to the back of their "grannies" for a nice old-fashioned collar. For an antique look, dab the edges with a damp tea bag til they have a brown tone.
For an adorable 100 Day class book, give students a color choice of background paper. Have them glue their picture on and then collate their portraits in _________________’s 2107 Class Reunion Book, when 5-year-old students will be 100-years-old! This also makes an awesome 100 Day bulletin board.
Click on the link if you'd like to print the article and pix. 100-Day Granny
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"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but notheing can be changed, until it is faced." -James Baldwin
Click on the link for a You Tube video of a teenager dancing to a remix of The Ants Go Marching for the perfect music to jump and wiggle to.
You Tube video #1 has this song up to the #3 with really catchy music; I wish they would have done the entire song instead of only 1 minutes worth. Click on the link to check it out.
You Tube video #2 goes through the #5 with children at a playground marching.
"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
Click on the link to view/print the 100 Day Reinforcement Hole snowman patterns, pix and directions from this article.
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Punched 100 Day Banners
I wanted to give you plenty of time to dash off to the store to get some cool metal punches or track down the teacher or scrapbook queen who has a great collection, so that you can borrow them for 100 Day, so I’m posting this 100 Day idea a bit early for some of you, others may be celebrating in January all-to-soon!
This quick and easy center makes an awesome bulletin board, or punch a hole in the top corners, slide a piece of yarn through and you’ve got lovely banners to hang back-to-back from the ceiling or as a border along the top wall of your hallway.
Simply set up a table with a variety of punches, this could also be done with stamps or stickers. Add a student's picture in the top corner and you've made a nice keepsake.
Inform your students that the things they cut out or stamp will take the place of zeros, and that they will also need to make a 1 to go in front.
Since my punches are large, I cut construction paper banners that were 5 ½ x 11 ½.
Make yours smaller if you’re using stamps or stickers. These will make cute bookmarks.
To expedite things and make the banners pop, I made up labels. You could also have your students practice their writing skills and have them write at the top and bottom of their banners.
I’m posting the label templates in DOC format so that you can simply type in something else if you want.
Highlight my name and type in your students’ names. Put Avery labels in your printer (my printer has them face-down) and click print. I do ONE sheet at a time. Click on the links to view/print the 100 Day, name label #1 and 100 days smarter label #2
Put your labels at your table top center. Students find their name, peel and stick!
Click on the link to view/print the article's directions & pix, 100-Day Banner idea.
Click on the link to zoom to my other 100-Day FREEBIES.
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"It is a happy talent to know how to play." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I know it's a bit early, but for some of you who started school in August, 100 Day will soon be here. I wanted to whip this 100 Day idea off so that it's in plenty of time for you to make these 100 Day booklets so you can start this activity 10 days BEFORE you celebrate 100 Day or 9 days if you want to write the last 10 words to = 100 words on 100 Day!
Challenge your students to try and learn 10 new words each day before the big day and by 100 Day they will have learned 100 new words! Wow.
Or... you could choose to review 10 words each day that you’ve been working on since whenever. This is great for word wall words, CVC words, or spelling words.
Run off my cover, or have students create their own “My Word Book” covers by stamping letters with your letter stamps or cutting out letters from magazines, like a ransome note and then spelling out the title on their favorite half sheet of colored construction paper.
Staple their cover along with 10 sheets of writing paper and the other ½ of their construction paper for a back, and you’ve got a nifty word book in a jiffy!
When your students have completed their 100 words for 100 Day booklets, reward their worderful word work with a special 100 Day Whiz Kid Word certificate. I have 2 to choose from. They can glue it as the last page of their booklet.
Click on the link to view/print the 100 Day word certificates.
Click on the link to view/print the article's directions, pix, cover & certificates. 100 Day Word Booklet.
Read Michael Frith’s I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words as the perfect introduction to this activity.
I LOVE this book. It’s a Cat in the Hat “Bright and Early” reader for the “youngest of the young.”
These stories are “brief and funny” the words are “few and easy” and have a “happy catchy rhythm”. This one rhymes. The pictures are colorful and perfect clues for your emergent readers!
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"There are 3 choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you've got!"
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.