Many classrooms celebrate the 100th day of school. Here are some fun activities to use that will get your students up and moving while still learning.
This is one activity that I consistently use and it always goes with my theme. Each year I pick a book to use as my theme for many of our 100th day activities. In previous years, my favorite book to use was Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, and Lois Ehlert.
This year, I'm excited to switch it up with the book 100 Snowmen by Jen Arena. I cut out 100 snowballs and hid them around the room. I taped them under chairs, on the bottom of shelves, in cubbies, and any other place where I knew students would be able to reach. When students found them we created 10 pyramids of 10 snowballs. We stacked them on a long sheet of black bulletin board paper. In years past, I have hidden . . .
Apples for an apple tree (Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3)
Monster spots for a monster (What's Under the Bed by Joe Fenton). When I read this book I stop right before the end and tell my students that the monster is hiding because he lost his spots.
For this activity, you will need to invite other classes. Gather enough students to make sure that you have just over 100 children in your gym or school cafeteria. I used the cafeteria so that students would have tables to write on. The only materials each student needs is a pencil and a copy of this downloadable autograph book. Have a set time in mind before you start and then have the kids rotate around the room asking each other for their autographs and giving their own until they have acquired 100 signatures.
If students don't get all 100 signatures in the alloted time, encourage them to try to fill up the book at home with autographs of their family and friends. This activity gets kids moving and younger students can practice printing their name while older students can practice their cursive signature.
Before the 100th day of school, students take out their Hundreds Boards and count out 100 Legos, which they place in bags. On the 100th day, everyone gets a bag (maybe not the one that they counted out) and they have to build something with the 100 Legos that are in the bag. They have to be creative. They are allowed to trade pieces with each other if both parties agree to the trade. This activity really gets the creative juices flowing. I think of it like a challenge on the Food Network show Chopped and I'm always amazed at what they create with a bag of odd Lego pieces.
Using masking tape, I design a couple of ten-step hopscotch boards right on the floor and put ascending numbers in each foot box. Kids take turns hopping down the hallway, counting out loud. Having them count by 10s out loud allows the other students who are waiting to memorize the sequence from repeatedly hearing it. It’s a fun, active way to count to 100 by 10s.
I can't wait to see you next week.