EDUDEAF: Fun & Educational Activities for the 100th Day of School

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Subj: 100th Day - LONG!!! (fwd)
Date: 97-01-18 19:56:39 EST
From: CBRAN00@UKCC.UKY.EDU (Cathy Brandt)
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Here are some neat ideas I thought folks might find of interest.

100th Day of School Ideas - Compiled from Various Sources (Sorry, I didn't save most names and can't give proper credit to all who helped :-() Sue Huellmantel

Here's my favorite activity, The Dot Game, which needs to be set up before the kids arrive.

Buy a pack of circle stickers. I use the primary colors pack, which is red, green, blue and yellow. Number them 1 to 100, using all the colors. You may use a pattern if you wish. Place these stickers around the room. Put them on desks, plants, windowsills, charts, erasers, trash cans, anywhere! When the kids come in, hand them a 100's chart. Have them find a sticker and color the corresponding square the same color. They can work alone or in teams. They keep working until you tell them to stop. Warning - this activity lasts a LONG time, but they LOVE it. I always fill out my on 'answer sheet' before I put the dots up. It's a good guide just to see of the kid's are making the match, I don't check every one.

I leave the dots up for a few days, some kids like to do it again. When the excitement dies it becomes a bus time activity, who can bring me the number 33? Who can find a number that ends in 2, etc. . . .

1. Play a dice game in small groups. Each child has a 100 grid and one or two dice. As them to write an estimate at the bottom of the chart of how many throws of the dice it will take to get to 100. Then ask them to roll the die (or dice) and place an X on the number rolled. Continue, counting on to find the new number and marking with an X.

2. As the children to estimate how many cups of popped popcorn 100 kernels would make. Then pop the kernels and measure it. Of course then you must continue and make popcorn for all to eat. (This is my favorite, not to be skipped activity each year.)

3. Start at a designated point and have different groups make a straight line using 100 of various materials you have in the classroom. (I use unifix cubes, pattern blocks, popsicle sticks, wooden blocks, plastic markers from our tap-a-tan game. etc.

4. Ask the children to close their eyes and estimate when 100 seconds have passed. Open eyes or raise hands when they think the time has elapsed.

5. Using a timer, measure a hundred minutes. Set the timer for 25 minute increments.

6. Discuss the length of a day (24 hours). Ask them to estimate approximately how many days a hundred hours would make. You can make a model of this by using unifix cubes of different colors.

7. Assign a value to each letter of the alphabet (A = 1, B = 2 etc.) Ask children to find the value of their first name. Does anyone's = 100? This could be graphed.

8. Have kids write story "If I had $100. . .

9. Make necklaces with 100 cheerios, colored macaroni, etc.

10. Sorry I can't lend you my 95 year old friend who often comes to my class and talks to my kids about how things were , well, not 100 years ago, but close.

One thing I can remember we did last year was to have a number of children bring in small items for snacks: M&M's, peanuts, cereal (like Cheerios, Fruit Loops), etc. We were trying also to get across that 10 sets of 10 make 100--so--each child had a graph with 100 squares on it, 10 in a row. The children then got to make 10 sets of 10 snack items--each child had 100 items at the end (miniature marshmallows are good, too). They ate what they wanted, took the remainder home in a Ziploc bag.

A second activity, if I remember correctly, was to have a sheet with a picture of a dollar bill as big as the paper. Again, we had 10 rows, 10 boxes each on the "dollar". Each child used a money stamp and stamped 100 "pennies" onto the dollar.

Another possibility--predict how far we can go walking by walking100 steps. Can we get to the library, cafeteria, etc.

My first graders last year had a great time seeing what they could make with 100 small Legos and then we took pictures of their creations.

Our favorite 100 day activity is to wear a cap/hat with 100 'things' on it and then pass out bubble gum to all the other students in the building...we watch 101 Dalmatians while eating a trail mix made with 100 food items ( cheerios/nuts/m&m..etc).

Some of these possibly came from MAILBOX magazine--you know how it is when you get ideas and then are not sure from where!

Learn to say 100 in Spanish (Ciento), German (Hundert), Japanese(Hiyaku), Chinese(Ebi), Italian (Cento), and French(Cent).

In 100 seconds find out: how many times can you write 100? How many stars can you draw? How far can you count? Can you be silent?

Make a 100-link chain.

Laminate construction paper "buttons" to wear on that day.

Flip a coin 100 times--graph heads and tails; (I am doing this with a spinner and pictures of heads/tails rather than flipping).

Roll a die 100 times--graph which numbers come up.

Note: I wonder how many of you and/or spouses have been watching that "100 yards" game today? ;-) Nila

Creative teaching Press puts out a book called "100" as part of their theme series. It has many excellent ideas to use across the curriculum. Last year we did 100 things most of day instead of only math and had a ball celebrating. Jean

We do different activities that day related to 100. We try to get 100 signatures, we make 100 hats, etc. We would also like to collect 100 hellos from different places. Linda Quon Banting & Best P.S.

Here are some of the songs, poems that we enjoy on the 100th day:

"100th Day Song" (tune: I've been working on the railroad)
We've been working in our classroom,
For 100 days.
We've been working in our classroom,
Here in the first grade.
Rising early in the morning,
Bring our books and pencils, too.
Every day we come to ________________________(school name)
We learn something new.
( Shared by Lula Ross School, Milford, DE
100th day is here, come on give a cheer,
100th day is here, Hooray, Hooray
100th day has come, come on -join the fun,
100th day is here, Hooray!

100 Animals
I went to the zoo,
And what did I see ?
100 animals ,
Looking at me .
There were 10 tall giraffes, eating from trees,
Ten silly monkeys, scratching their knees.
Ten sleeping snakes, lying in the sun,
Ten munching elephants, eating peanuts, one by one.
Ten leaping tigers, performing in the shows,
Ten pink flamingos, standing on their toes.
Ten grouchy bears, trying to get some sleep.
Ten happy hippos, in the water deep.
Ten roaring lions, walking two by two,
And ten galloping zebras, all living in the zoo.

(by Karen Fenstermaker) appears in the 100 Day book, by Creative Teaching Press

100 Stars (from same book)
I saw 100 stars last night
Shining in the sky.
I wondered as I watched them,
How did they get so high?
Twinkle bright, twinkle long
Like Mom's good night kisses
They stayed with me
The whole night through
AS I made 100 wishes.

We follow this poem with a writing activity....I wish I had 100_______________ (3 times)

But, I wouldn't 100_______________ !
J. Cobbs L

One thing we are trying to do since we usually don't have our whole school involved is to get each grade level to make 100 Valentines which we will be donating to area nursing homes and hospitals.

When we reached the 90th day, we began a countdown of the last 10 school days. Each of those days a different classroom appears on the closed circuit TV morning announcement show to sing "___ More days till 100 days" and do a countdown such as they do for a rocket launching.

My favorite 100th Day activity is to leave a stop watch at a table and let the kids time each other:

How many times can you write your name in 100 seconds?
or how many hearts can you cut out,
or how much rice can you scoop into a tub,
or how many gum bubbles can you blow,
or how many marbles can you shoot into a ring,
or how many stars can you draw, etc.

The kids love it - 'specially if they are in charge. I have a recording book that I make up with all the activities we do for the day which can either go home to show parents or goes into their portfolios. I also take photos of the kids at their favorite 100th Day activity which also goes into their recording book once they're developed. One year, we started collecting 100 cereal boxes after Holiday Break. Each day we added the day's incoming boxed to the previous total, and subtracted from 100 to see how many more we needed (lots of great place value here!). We hot-glued the boxes to form a "Cereal Box House" which was THE place to go to read or write in our room. I put a beanbag inside and kids would go in, lie down, and read the walls. Another project that is very impressive looking is creating designs with 100 paper pattern blocks. We did this as a small group activity, with all members taking turns adding colored shapes to the black background. Each group also had a block counter armed with a calculator to keep track of numbers. When finished, the group counted up and recorded the number of blue diamonds, yellow hexagons, green triangles, etc. which added up (hopefully) to 100. We are currently trying to celebrate our 90th Day of School (delayed due to 2 snow days), which is exactly half way through our school year of 180 days. We have a half day of Half activities planned, many based on 100 Day activities but with a little twist.

Enjoy these ideas!
Marilyn from Mt. Pleasant

For all those of you who do 100 day activities: My favorite is being quiet for 100 seconds. it's a real challenge for some kids, but they love it and so do I!!!!!!

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Subj: Re: 100th Day - LONG!!! (fwd)
Date: 97-01-19 15:12:42 EST
From: tfrisk@EPIX.NET (Tim & Deb Frisk)
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At the prekindergarten building where I teach, we do not celebrate the 100th day of school (It's toooo big a number for most of our students to grasp). Instead, we celebrate the 101st day of school by wearing Dalmation clothing and watching the Disney video.

Uploaded by B.J. Lawrence / Kent State University / Deaf Education Major