Friday, 13 February 2015

100th Day

I had never considered doing anything special for students achieving a certain number of days at school. To be honest I only became aware of the USA trend to celebrate the 100th Day of School in the past few years.

It is certainly a good way to introduce math concepts and revise others in the early years of school.
For me I start at the beginning of the year with a morning math routine and one component of that is a day count-up to 100. Students are asked to represent the day number in digits, in ten frames, as a tally and using place value. With the daily practice is was easy to track improvement of student knowledge as the term progressed and they worked more and more independently.

I have never managed to go "all out" for the 100th Day and make it an all day celebration - one year I tried but other school demands took away time from the celebration. One activity though that I do love is to get the students to imagine what they might look like when they are 100 years of age. Once the imaginations are running they will then create a self-portrait using collage techniques. Here are some examples from my grade 1/2 class:


I made googly eyes available to them as well as cardboard, wrapping paper, tissue paper, wool and cellophane. I was very pleased with the results!

Once they have finished they each labelled their work and then it was off to do some writing. I like to do a comparative description where they first describe how they look now and then describe how they will look at age 100. It gets them thinking about the differences and most have always written beyond just what they make physically look like but changes in the way they walk, talk and interests.

If you are an Australian teacher and haven't yet given this a go I strongly recommend at least giving the art a go. It is a good way to use up small bits of supplies and looks fantastic. So far I have observed that the 100th day usually occurs towards the beginning of term 3.

Do you have a favourite activity you like to do? Comment and share your ideas and thoughts.
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  1. I love your sweet collages, Jenny! I'm not sure which one made me smile more ... the bow-tied grandpa or the grandma still sporting a jaunty bow at age 100+! :) Once you begin to celebrate the 100th Day of School, it seems to snowball into a bigger event each year. It's a terrific way for little learners to get excited about having fun with math! If you're interested in more activities, here's a link to my blogpost about it: http://primaryinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/12/its-coming-quickly-100th-day-of-school.html. And here's one of my 100th Day resources at Teachers Pay Teachers:
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100th-Day-Common-Core-Math-Power-Pack-465915

    Enjoy your celebration!
    Linda
    Primary Inspiration

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    1. Thanks for sharing your resources Linda :-)

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  2. Oh what adorable self-portrait collages - and I do love googly eyes! I just published a blog post about our 100th day, and it describes a few of our activities: http://hedgehogreader.blogspot.com/2015/02/100th-day-of-school.html
    xo Pam at Hedgehog Reader

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  3. I'm surprised more people didn't post their ideas here. Searching the Internet gir she appropriate activities can be very time consuming - especially when so much is geared towards very young kids.

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