Monday, February 17, 2014

100th Day of School Ideas for Kindergarten

Last week we celebrated the 100th day of school in my classroom, Kinder-Craze style. My students had a blast learning, counting and demonstrating their newly acquired knowledge of numbers and quantities up to 100. My camera was nearby throughout the entire event and I am so excited to share the day's highlights with all of you!

On the 100th day, my students arrived at school dressed in style. Each child was given an at-home assignment to create a shirt decorated with 100 objects in preparation for the big day. This was a great way for the children to work creatively with their parents and express their interests. The children showed off their newly created t-shirts during our classroom fashion show. 
100th day of school tshirts and fashion show… cute idea!

Check out some of their great fashions for the 100th day of school!
have students make tshirts for the 100th day of school, then hold a fashion show in the classroom
cute tshirt ideas for the 100th day of school
Ever since last year's blog post about the 100th day of school, I have gotten dozens of questions from readers wanting more information about these t-shirts. Specifically, fans want to know how I word the letter to my classroom parents, explaining the details of the t-shirt assignment. 

FREE parent letter for the 100th day of school

I always copy the 100th Day T-Shirt Letter onto brightly colored paper (so it is sure to grab the attention of my classroom parents). I also staple a 1/2 sheet of paper for the fashion show to the letter. Students work with their parents to complete the form explaining what decorations were used and why the student selected those items. Download a FREE editable template of my 100th Day of School letter to help you set up your own classroom fashion show. 
FREE editable parent letter for the 100th day of school

Need some ideas to inspire your students as they create their 100th Day t-shirts? 
I've got you covered! Pin and share the image below for instant inspiration!
tshirt ideas for the 100th day of school

Of course, my students weren't just showing off their t-shirts on the 100th day. The kindergarteners also created hats at school that proudly proclaimed themselves to be "100 Days Smarter."
this blog post has TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school

I copied the hat template onto white paper and mounted the pages onto brightly colored construction paper. The printable contains one hundred circles inside of the number 100. Students can decorate these circles with crayons, small bingo dotters, markers, or stickers. It's a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills while also helping students to understand 100 as a quantity. 
cute hat for the 100th day of school
cute hat for the 100th day of school

My students looked so stinkin' cute in their completed 100th Day of School Hats. 
this blog post has TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school

You can purchase 100th Day of School Hat from my TpT store.  
cute hat for the 100th day of school

Math wasn't the only subject covered in my lesson plans on the 100th day of school. The class also worked together to write 100 words. My students were on a mission to complete the entire list of 100 words. They got so excited, that the completed list had a few repeated words, but their enthusiasm was precious!
write 100 words on the 100th day of school… this blog post has TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school
write 100 words on the 100th day of school
write 100 words on the 100th day of school

My students also tried to read 100 books! We didn't quite reach our goal, but our half day of school was action-packed. They worked hard and loved recording a tally mark each time a new book was read. read 100 books on the 100th day of school

Each child in the class also write all of the numbers from 1 to 100. 
this blog post had TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school
great product to help students learn to write numbers up to 100
This was a major accomplishment that was several weeks in the making. My students gradually worked their way up to writing all of these numbers with the help of my Differentiated Count & Write to 120 pack. 

great product to help students learn to write numbers up to 100
You can purchase Count & Write to 120 in my TpT store. 

The number writing pack pairs well with Differentiated Number Mazes from 20 to 120. Together, these two products help students count, recognize, and print their numbers up to 120 by focusing only one one new decade at a time. 
great product to help students recognize numbers up to 100

Of course, our 100th Day celebration wouldn't be complete without the task of building a tower with 100 plastic cups! I first discovered this wildly popular idea from Joyful Learning in KC. My students LOVED working together to build a structure with all those plastic cups. 
build a tower with 100 cups on the 10th day… this blog post had TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school
this blog post had TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school
this blog post had TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school
this blog post had TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school

Our final activity for the day was an opportunity to practice skip counting and release a little pent-up energy. We played hopscotch in the classroom! 
DIY hopscotch for the 100th day of school

I created the hopscotch game on the back of a Twister mat.The grid was created with Scotch Expressions Masking Tape. The tape is perfect for the mat because it adheres to the vinyl surface but also lifts easily off without leaving any residue behind. 
DIY hopscotch for the 100th day of school

I printed and laminated multiples of 10 from 0 to 100 and used the same masking tape to attach the numbers to the mat. I like this temporary option because it allows me to easily change the spaces on the mat as we learn new skills in class (such as skip counting by 5s or 2s). 

You can download Hop by 10s Skip Counting Numbers in my TpT store for FREE. 
DIY hopscotch for the 100th day of school… FREE printable

My students had an absolute blast as they hopped their way from zero to 100. 
DIY hopscotch for the 100th day of school… FREE printable
It was a very "hoppy" 100th Day of Kindergarten!
this blog post has TONS of great ideas for the 100th day of school

When is your 100th day of School? Do you celebrate in a special way? Please share your ideas in the comments… I'm already planning for next year's celebration! 


12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing some great ideas! I love celebrating 100th day!
    -Monique
    More Than Math by Mo

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  2. What a fun day!!!! Your students are very lucky to have you!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

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  3. Looks like you all had so much fun! Love the 100 word idea- great for collaborative writing! I teach Pre-K and I think I could adapt this so that it's similar to "write-the-room". Thanks so much for sharing your exciting day and great ideas!


    Jacqueline
    I is for Inspire

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  4. Great ideas! I love the fashion show. I'm sure the kids had a blast!!
    Pam
    Mrspspecialties.blogspot.com

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  5. Love LOve Love it! I so want to do the tee shirts next year, and the hopscotch is going to find it's way into one of my lessons!!

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  6. Your blog is beautiful. I always enjoy checking out what your class is up to. Our 100th day is tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Looks like a very fun day! How do you keep the skip counting mat from sliding as they jump on it?

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  8. Hi Maria! I enjoyed reading this blog post and finding some new ideas to implement next year for our 100th Day! (We already had ours this year) just a quick question for writing 100 words. How does that work? Is it an ongoing task, like over a period of a few day? And do you let the kids write a word as they think of one or is there a certain way you do this? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Pam,
      The list of 100 words was something I did spontaneously! I put up a big piece of paper and invited kids to add to it when they had free time. There was no system. It was very independent and they just and to take turns so one person didn't hog the whole chart. About 1/2 of my class was obsessed with filling the list! We did it all in one day (and I teach 1/2 day so that tells you how quickly they filled it). Next year I would emphasize the rule that they need to try harder not to duplicate words, but this was an excellent way to boost their word knowledge and enthusiasm.

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  9. Our 100th day is on Monday! I am so excited!! I am buying your hat right now- so cute! AND definitely doing hopscotch, only not as pretty ;-) I also spread 100 pennies around the room so right when they walk in they have to find all of them. Last year we got stuck on 99 and couldn't find the last anywhere... (so I tossed an extra one on a shelf). I found it months later- ha! Thanks for the ideas!

    Heather
    The Land of I Can

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    1. Hi Heather, I LOVE the idea of hiding 100 pennies in the room. My kids would be so busy and engaged! I will definitely have to remember that idea!

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