Saturday, February 18, 2012

100th Day FUN!

We celebrated our 100th day of school last week. I paired up with our fabulous grade 1 teacher and we had a day of 100-themed literacy, math and craftivity centers. Kids were separated into five groups with 8-9 students in each. Grade threes were our leaders; they did a fantastic job. Each group spent 30 minutes at each center. We started centers after our literacy block and kids completed five rotations. It was a very, very exciting day-made more so because I mixed up the schedule. I accidentally overlapped two groups on half of their centers...WHOOPS! Luckily, I teach with wonderful people (kids included, of course) and everything worked out just fine. We scrapped the rotation schedule and just went with a clockwise rotation instead!

Ms L had a limbo line, 100 year-old-person art, and other 100 theme activities in her room. I had 100 Lego, 100 Froot Loops necklace, 100 picture and a 100 steps estimation/task (which I TOTALLY underestimated).

The 100 Lego center was a crowd-pleaser. The night before our celebration, I counted out three piles of 100 Lego. Then, I put each pile into large size Dollarama-brand ziploc baggies. Kids worked in pairs or triads to build a structure from the Lego. Everyone was engaged...awesomeness.

I used 100 charts for the 100 Froot Loop necklace task. Kids first had to use the chart to make sure that they had 100 pieces of cereal. They then strung the Froot Loops onto string. The first group tried to make a pattern, but this turned out to be too hard to do in the 30 minute block. It was interesting to see that some kids thought HUGE piles of cereal would be needed for their 100 chart, while others thought a small handful would be enough.
sorting out cereal

starting to string it on 

lovely, delicious necklace is almost finished

As a home-to-school connection, each student in my class was instructed to bring a bottle filled with 100 things. I bought a case of water and sent home a bottle with each child along with the instructions for this activity (which I found at Read-Write-Think). MARVELOUS! I love, love, love this idea. Kids hid their bottle in a brown paper bag and read three clues about their collection. The class then had three chances to guess it. Objects included; Kibble, toothpicks, beads, spaghetti noodles, cereal, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, popcan tabs...and more! We ended our day with this task, so it was just our class and not the grade ones. I will definitely do this one again. The day after our party, the kids wrote a reflection about their bottle. They had to include what material they used, why they used it and something about it. We used paper with a bottle embossed on it (once again, thank you Dollarama) for the good copy. Kids sketched a picture of their bottle and I took a photo of each child holding their bottle. We'll be gluing the photo beside the drawing, laminating each reflection sheet, and binding them into a class book.

 100 pieces of Kibble

100 Lego
 And, at the end of the day, I went home and had a looooong nap. Any suggestions for next year? I tried to mix things up and have something for all learners but am thinking that some kind of song could be added?


  1. I love your ideas!

    I didn't use a hundreds chart for my Fruit Loop necklace... I used 10 little circles (which were way too small), I will have to remember that for next year!

    Also I loved your lego idea and your 100 things idea!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. These are great ideas!! So much fun for the 100th day. Will have to remember them for next year.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. I love the idea of the bottles! I had the students bring in 100 things in a bag, but I love the bottles and the follow up :)

    Adventures in Second Grade

  4. We sing, "Hi ho hi ho 100 days ago, we came to school and we're so cool. Hi ho hi ho." Cute ideas!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. Thank you for your comments, everyone...
    Tammy-that sounds like the perfect song to go along with our 100th day celebration

  6. Yuppers, it was a fun day! The kids loved it and talked about it for the rest of the week. Let's do it again next year!

  7. So many fun ideas! I've done something similar to your 100 Legos building project, but instead I gave each pair 100 "somethings" - pennies, paperclips, pencils, toothpicks, etc. I took photos of their creations,they wrote about them, and we put them into a class book, like you did with your water bottle project.
    Thanks for sharing your great ideas!


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