100-Day Chick Hunt
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- Unit Plan:
About this book
Students count from 1-100 and make one-to-one correspondence between objects and numbers up to 100.
- Hunt for hidden numbered chicks 1-100.
- Be able to account for all the chicks by matching chicks to numerals in the 100s day chart.
- Be able to count from 1-100.
- Associate the chicks with the story, The Wolf's Chicken Stew.
- 100s Pocket chart with numerals showing 1-100
- Book: The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
- Yellow chicks cut out on die-cut or traced and pre-cut, numbered 1-100, and laminated. Chicks should be the size of numeral cards and able to fit in the 100s day chart.
- White paper
Set Up and Prepare
- Have yellow chicks cut, numbered and laminated.
- Post the 100s pocket chart with numerals 1-100 showing.
- Cut white paper 6" X 6".
- Plan a place to hide chicks. I have done it both on the playground and in the classroom.
Step 1: Read the story, The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza.
Day 2: The 100th Day of School
Step 1: Hide chicks before students arrive or when you go out for recess.
Step 2: Tell the children that the hen in the story lost her chicks and that it is up to us to find them. You can have the students receive a letter from the hen with this message.
Step 3: Have students hunt for chicks. Set guidelines. Example: everyone finds five and comes back to the rug.
Step 4: Point to the pocket chart and asks who has chick 1. That student comes up and matches the chick to box 1 in the pocket chart and puts the chick in.
Step 5: Continue with all the numerals 1-100 until all the chicks are matched.
- Have students put 100 kiss stickers onto a pre-drawn wolf.
- Have students write to the wolf asking him to make 100_______ for them to eat.
Have students bring in a recipe for the wolf's 100s Day Cookbook.
- Were students able to put numerals in sequential order?
- Did the students have trouble holding five chicks while they searched for the next number?
- Would it be good to have a movement activity to keep attention focused once the pocket chicks get past 50? (Children might follow these directions: The wolf looked up, the wolf looked down. The wolf looked left, the wolf looked right. Stand up. Sit down. Hold those chickies tight!)
- Were students able to match the chicks with numerals in sequential order?
- Were the students able to count to 100 with the aid of the pocket chart?
- How many students could count to 100 without help from the chart?