The 100th Day of School

By Sharon Taylor on January 27, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K

Wow, I can’t believe it’s finally here — the 100th day of school!  The 100th day of school marks an important milestone for both teachers and students around the world. Of course, the date will vary depending on each district’s calendar year, but the students' excitement won't. The kindergarten classes at my school like to celebrate the number 100 in a big way.  

 

 

 

 

 

The 100th Collection Museum

Prior to the 100th day of school, students at my school are assigned a 100th day project to complete at home. This project involves creating a display that contains 100 objects of the student’s choice. For example, a student may choose to create a 100-lollipop castle or place 100 pennies on a pig. Once the projects are complete, they are displayed on the kindergarten hallway for our students to enjoy. 

 

100 Cotton Balls on a Snowman100 Eagle Eggs

 

The 100th Day Olympics

The kindergarten team at my school hosts the 100th Day Olympics at our school each year. This event involves students rotating throughout each of our seven kindergarten classrooms to participate in various 100th day activities.    

Station 1: String an O

In this station students compete to see how many Froot Loops they can put on a string in 100 seconds. 

 

Station 2: Balance the Peanut

Students have to balance a piece of Circus Peanuts candy on their nose while walking 100 inches.

 

Station 3: Paper Clip Blow

Students use straws to blow paper clips 100 inches across the room. The first student to reach the 100-inch mark wins the game!

 

Station 4: Cube Toss

Students have 100 seconds to see how many cubes they can toss in a bucket. 

 

Station 5: Pepperoni Pizza

For this activity we divide each class into small groups. Using a precut crust made of butcher paper, students race to see which group can glue on the most pieces of pepperoni in 100 seconds. 

 

Station 6: Shake It Up

Students are given plastic word jars containing pom-poms and 100 sight words. To play this game, students must shake the container to find and write down as many sight words as they can in 100 seconds. The player with the most words wins the game.

 

Station 7: Award Ceremony

To culminate our Olympic event, we hold an awards ceremony for our students. During the ceremony, each student receives a certificate and a medal for all of their hard work. After the ceremony, students go back to their classrooms and enjoy their 100th day snack. 

 

Additional Activities

You and your students may enjoy the following ideas as well:

Me at 100!

Have each student create a portrait of themselves at age 100. Before they create their portraits, discuss what they might look like at 100. Then they are ready to create their masterpieces using torn construction paper. 

100 Day Crown

Have students cut out an outline of the number 100. Next, have them place on 100 stickers. To create their crowns, students glue their work to a sentence strip. This is super cute!

The Hidden 100

Students will find the hidden picture by coloring in a 100 grid as directed.

100 Dollars

During share time, students go around the circle and brainstorm what they would buy if they had 100 dollars. They come up with some hilarious ideas!

100 seconds

Students see how many times they can complete a specified task in 100 seconds.  For example, they might see how many times can they can write their names or how many jumping jacks they can do in 100 seconds.

 

100th Day Books

Take a look below at some great books to use on your 100th day of school. Click the covers to learn more.

Biscuit’s 100th Day of School by Alyssa Capucilli

100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells

The Night Before the 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing

 

I would love to hear about some of the activities you use to celebrate the 100th day of school. Comment below!

 

 

Comments

I teach a special education preschool class. My students need to work on fine motor skills. To incorporate fine motor skills, I have my students use large tweezers to pick up heart candies and place them on a paper of 100 heart shapes. When they fill one heart shape with one candy heart, and fill the sheet they know they have 100. They get very excited; because they can put their 100 heart candies in a baggie to take home. This activity works on one to one correspondence, fine motor skills, and counting.

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