100 days of learning, 100 ways of counting!
From the very first day of school, many classes count the number of days they’ve been in school in anticipation of the 100th day. Students often keep track of days by counting straws or craftsticks, ten of which become a “ten bundle.” They might also record each day in a “ten frame” on the wall, creating a visual reference of their cumulative count. These routines provide ongoing opportunities for counting by tens and ones and developing place value concepts. More than just a milestone worth noting – the 100th day is the perfect time to have fun with the number 100 while exploring counting, sorting, patterning, measuring and various other math skills and concepts.
“100th Day of School Activities.” K-5 Math Teaching Resources. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2017.
Here at Williamsburg Northside Lower School, we celebrated in many different ways. Kindergarteners rotate through centers, working with 100-piece sets of a variety of materials. They might read a book with 100 words, build a block structure with 100 blocks, make a mural of 100 drawings, work together to complete 100 physical exercises, or make paper chains and cube sticks to represent 100. First graders make “100th Day Trail Mix,” a blend of 10 pieces of 10 different snacks. They draw self-portraits of themselves at age 100, and write about what they think it will be like. Using connecting cubes, teams might build structures of 100 cubes each, then participate in a gallery walk to see all the different ways we can answer the question, “What does 100 look like?” Second grade students might utilize their 100s chart to notice patterns and make comparisons. Building off of their recent geometry lessons on rectangles, they look at their chart as a collection of columns and rows and identify numerical relationships. 3rd-5th Graders complete math and writing challenges involving the number 100.
Happy 100th Day of School!