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Activities for the 100th Day of School

100th Day of School Collection Poster
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Depending on which part of the U.S. you live in, your students will celebrate their 100th day of school pretty soon (it usually occurs in January or February each year). Many schools across the country celebrate the 100th day of school. It’s not only a milestone but also a great opportunity for teachers to practice math with their students. This is especially important in preschool and kindergarten, where students are learning their numbers. But it also provides good activities for all elementary-level students.

For example, you may ask your students to bring in “100” of something. It could be a collection of paperclips, or macaroni noodles, or buttons. The possibilities are endless! When my son was in preschool, he brought in a collection of 100 animal fact cards that we collected from National Geographic Little Kids magazines. We laid out all the cards on the floor and I helped him count all the way to 100. We also practiced counting by 10s. This activity is a good way to introduce more numbers.

See these fun activities that you can use in your classroom:

100th Day of School (Starfall)

Have a 100th Day of School Celebration (Scholastic)

100th Day of School Activities (K-5 Math)

Celebrate the 100th day of school!  (ReadWriteThink)

What Is the 100th Day of School? (VeryWell)

Celebrate the 100th Day of School (Education World)

In SIRS Discoverer, we love to find resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. See our activities page and math resources for more ideas. Also, see this cute story from Highlights for Children entitled 100 Things about a girl who is trying to find 100 things to bring in for the 100th day of school celebration.

Are you celebrating the 100th day of school? We want to know about it. Tweet us at #ProQuest or comment below!

Book Report Alternatives

Book reports are a very common assignment in elementary school. Usually, the book report will be a form that the students fill out describing the plot, setting, characters, etc. But lately, I’ve noticed my daughter’s 4th-grade teacher has made these assignments more exciting. I previously blogged about the first quarter project called “Book Floats.” But the second and third quarter brought even more exciting projects. One is called a “Story Cube Book Report” and the other is called a “Paper Bag Book Report.”

The Story Cube project was fun. The student either cuts out a template on large poster board paper to make a cube or they find a box and glue paper on each side. My daughter chose the latter. Each side of the cube has something different such as paragraph writing or hand-drawn pictures. And of course, there is an oral presentation in front of the class. Here is an example of instructions for this project that I found online. My daughter chose to do her report on “The Hypnotists” by Gordon Korman.

Images by Jennifer Oms

My Daughter’s Story Cube Project
Image by Jennifer Oms

I thought the Paper Bag project was also a fun idea. The students need to get a paper grocery bag, usually from their local supermarket. Then they need to cover each side with a different aspect of the story such as main idea, main characters, setting, and more. The bottom of the bag is where they rate the story and inside the bag they have to place items that represent the story. She chose “Double Fudge” by Judy Blume this time.

Images by Jennifer Oms

My Daughter’s Paper Bag Project
Image by Jennifer Oms

I think these types of projects help bring out the student’s creative side. They have so much fun making the project that they don’t realize they are writing a book report!

Teachers, a great place to learn about children’s books is in SIRS Discoverer! Here are some subject searches in ProQuest SIRS Discoverer to get you started:

Children’s books

Books and reading

Books

Also find ideas for class projects on the Activities page in Educators’ Resources.

100th Day of School

100th day of school

Example class bulletin board featuring items that students brought to count for the 100th day of school.
Photo credit: mrsdkrebs / Foter / CC BY

 

The 100th day of school is fast approaching (it usually occurs in January or February each year). Many schools across the country celebrate the 100th day of school. It’s not only a milestone, but also a great opportunity for teachers to practice math with their students. This is especially important in preschool and kindergarten, where students are learning their numbers. But it also provides good activities for all elementary-level students.

For example, some teachers will ask students to bring in “100” of something. It could be a collection of paperclips, or macaroni noodles, or buttons. The possibilities are endless! This year, my son, who is in preschool, is bringing in a collection of 100 animal fact cards that we collected from National Geographic Little Kids magazines. We laid out all the cards on the floor and I helped him count all the way to 100. In preschool, most children are only counting up to 20, so this activity is a good way to introduce more numbers. It’s also good to count by 10s with them.

100 Things from Highlights for Children is a cute story about a girl who is trying to find 100 things to bring in for the 100th day of school celebration. This story, along with other great math resources, can be found on SIRS Discoverer.

Also see wonderful websites featured in SIRS Discoverer’s WebFind for more ideas on 100th day of school activities:

100th Day of School

Celebrate the 100th day of School

100th Day of School Activities