The first grade at Roosevelt had a great way to celebrate the first 100 days of school. We started the day off by singing the 100th day of school song during morning meeting. We also learned a poem called, "100 Stars". We read stories about the 100th day of school during reading.
We then broke into center time. The children moved around to four centers. Each center explored different ways to get to 100. We had a center where the children had to count 100 fruit loops and then string them into a necklace. In another center, the children made placemats with the number 100 in the middle. The children then drew sets of ten things around the edges of the place mat. In another center, the children were given a 100 square paper. Each child wrote one letter of his name in a square. They wrote their names until all the 100 squares were filled up. They then looked at their names and checked for any patterns they made. At the last center, the children did a writing activity. They filled in the answers to questions such as:
- I could eat 100 _____.
- I couldn't eat 100 _____.
- I wish I had 100 _____.
- I wouldn't want 100 _____.
We then made a snack using a pretzel and 2 donuts to show the number 100. We made hats that celebrated the occasion. Prior to our celebration, we asked each child to bring 100 of something (i.e., 100 goldfish crackers, 100 gummy bears, 100 Swedish fish, 100 Hershey Kisses, etc). After lunch, the children displayed their items on plates. Then they went around and collected 1 of an item of their choice until they had a set of ten. They then went back to their seats and placed their 10 items on a 100 square paper. This process was repeated until the children filled their paper with 10 sets of ten.
We also went to the gym and played games. We taped numbers on the gym floor. The children hopped to 100 by 2's, 5's, and 10's. We also jumped rope and counted by 5's and 10's to 100. We also did the 100 "feet" dash. We had a great day! The children had a wonderful time. They said it was the "bestest" day they ever had!
Written by Roosevelt Elementary Teachers
Allentown, PA: Martha Henninger, Mike Keefer, Linda Kern, Mary Phillips, and Kate Steinmetz