Language Arts Activities

On the 100th day of school I read the book The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza. After reading the book, I draw a picture of the fox and a stew pot and I have my class draw 100 items of food in the pot.  –Shari Lawson, Hampton, VA, First grade

In my first grade class we have a reading "Camp Out." Everyone brings sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets. We spend the day reading 100 books and munching on trail mix made from contributions of 100 small edible goodies.  –Tammy Manley, Massena, NY, First grade

We've been reading Emily's First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells. This book is great for primary grades and allows students to have a better understanding of time. We have covered interesting math topics such as skip-counting, counting by 5s and counting by 10s. We use a chart where we write the days every time we read from the book. This has allowed us to clearly see the progression of time and even predict how many more days until the 100th day of school. This is an ongoing project that we visit every afternoon before we start our math lesson.  –Ms. Demas, Plainfield, NJ

In my first grade class, we are going to write 100 words that we know, count objects to 100 in different ways, and write about what we would do with $100.  –Sally, Tampa, FL, First grade

Our first grade class of 26 children will be collectively reading 100 books and sharing our favorites.
Pat Salvatini, Rolling Meadows, IL, First grade

My class will celebrate our 100th day of school this year by:

  • Each bringing in a baggie of 100 of something
  • Inviting 100 people to visit our classroom (we give a lollipop to each person)
  • Reading 100 books by our special day
  • Making a list of 100 words we can read and write to display in the hallway

–Sandy Reiser, Fort Worth, TX, First grade

Writing Activity

Have students make their own books based on one of the following themes (or make up your own):

  • I wish I had 100 ____.
  • What would you do with 100 brothers and sisters?
  • What would you do with 100 kisses?
  • What would you do with 100 pennies?
  • What would you do with 100 dollars?
  • What would you do with 100 slimy slugs?
  • You have been in school for 100 days. What has been your favorite thing?
  • What will you do when you are 100 years old?
  • What was it like to be a student your age 100 years ago?
  • What will it be like to be a student your age 100 years from now?
  • Things our moms and dads have told us 100 times!

Or, try making a poem or story with exactly 100 words in it.

Reading Activity

Read 100 different stories of any genre (mysteries, fairy tales, etc.). As an extra challenge, do a different author for every 10 books! 

Spelling Activity

Ask your students to write down 100 words that they know how to spell.