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.
Check out some of their great fashions 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.
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.
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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."
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.
My students looked so stinkin' cute in their completed 100th Day of School Hats.
You can purchase 100th Day of School Hat from my TpT store.
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!
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.
Each child in the class also write all of the numbers from 1 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
My students had an absolute blast as they hopped their way from zero to 100.
It was a very "hoppy" 100th Day of Kindergarten!
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!