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50+ Ideas for the 100th Day of School

There are lots of ways to note the 100th day of school. Here are fifty of our favorites. Many of these activities will challenge both lower and upper elementary students as they build better number sense for "100." Enjoy!

1. Jump rope 100 times.
2. Build the tallest house of cards you can using 100 cards.
3. Flip a coin 100 times. Make a graph showing the number of heads and tails.
4. Roll a pair of dice 100 times. Create a chart showing how many times each number came up. Make a graph based on the chart.
5. Find someone who is at least 100 years old. Ask them what life was like when they were your age.
6. Find out which weighs more - 100 nickels or 100 quarters
7. Have everyone in your class try to throw a tennis ball 100 yards. Measure each throw. Calculate the average throw.
8. Count by 100s to 10,000
9. Recite multiplication facts up to 100 (10 x 10) with your eyes closed!
10. Guess how much 100 jelly beans weigh. Then weigh them and give a prize to the closest guess. Don't eat the jellybeans!
11. Separate 100 jellybeans by color. What percentage of the total is the most common color? What percentage of the total is the least common color? Don't eat the jellybeans!
12. Without using a calculator, figure out how many jellybeans each student would get if you divided 100 jellybeans equally among all the students. Don't eat the jellybeans.
13. Blindfold a student and have him/her pass out the proper number of jellybeans. What is the probability that the first jellybean handed out will be the most common color? (Think about this one!) EAT THE JELLYBEANS!!
14. Measure the height of your classroom ceiling. How many classrooms that size could you fit into a structure that was 100 feet tall?
15. Measure the space required for a student's desk and the aisle around it. How big would your classroom need to be to hold 100 desks with the same spacing?
16. Weigh the classroom dictionary. If postage costs $3.50 a pound, how much would it cost to mail 100 dictionaries?
17. Count backwards from 100 to 0 by sevens. See who can do it most quickly.
18. Count from 0 to 100 by fours. See who can do it most quickly.
19. Make a list of 100 words that end in "-ly"
20. Name 100 birds.
21. List 100 boys' names.
22. Name 100 American cities.
23. Name 100 cities NOT in America.
24. Estimate the length of a row of 100 nickels. Measure a row of 100 nickels to check your estimate.
25. Have everyone in the class close their eyes. Start a stopwatch and ask students to say "now" when they think 100 seconds has passed. Prizes to the winner!!
26. See if you can hold your breath for 100 seconds!
27. Figure out what a 100 second Super Bowl commercial would cost if broadcast time sells for $2.3 million per minute.
28. List 100 things that had not been invented 100 years ago.
29. See which student can walk the greatest distance (laps around the gym??) backwards in 100 seconds.
30. Try to do 100 sit-ups or push-ups!
31. Separate students into pairs standing 15' apart. See how many can toss a tennis ball back and forth 100 times without dropping it.
32. Collect 100 cans of food for a local food bank.
33. Write a story that is 100 words long.
34. Build a structure using 100 toothpicks or popsicle sticks.
35. Figure out the date that is 100 days after your birthday.
36. Use 100 seconds to make as many equations as possible that equal 100.
37. Bring in a recipe from home. Adjust the quantities to feed 100 people.
38. Write a story about what you would do with $100.
39. Write a story about what your community will be like in 100 years.
40. See if you can bounce a tennis ball on a tennis racquet 100 times.
41. Learn to say 100 in as many languages as possible.
42. Find a town or city that is 100 miles away.
43. Find the height of a stack of 100 pennies in centimeters.
44. Estimate how far 100 students would reach lying head-to-toe on the floor.
45. Figure out about how many days there are in 100 hours.
46. Estimate how much popcorn 100 kernels would make. Pop them to see whose estimate is closest.
47. Build a project using 100 Lego blocks.
48. Figure out how many of each denomination of bill would be required to total $100.
49. Estimate the cost of 100 gallons of root beer, bought in 2-liter bottles that cost $1.10 each.
50. Figure out about how big a patio you could make with 100 paving stones that are 2 feet by 3 feet.

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Composite Number Tree - Jeffrey Ventrella

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4 to 12
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"See" factors and divisors in the form of a tree. Watch the Number Tree grow as each number (0-99) falls from the sky and attaches to a branch based on ...more
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"See" factors and divisors in the form of a tree. Watch the Number Tree grow as each number (0-99) falls from the sky and attaches to a branch based on the divisors of the number. Read some thoughts and questions about the growing tree in the information below. Although simple, this is a powerful visual for anyone exploring properties of numbers and building number sense.

tag(s): factoring (27), factors (39), multiples (33), number sense (85), numbers (187), prime numbers (28)

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Use the Number Tree as an excellent math conversation starter or journal prompt. Have students analyze numbers on each branch to identify the property that groups them together. Use the tree to discuss factors or multiples. Discuss questions on the site such as why the tree is bushier on the left side than on the right. Challenge students to grow the tree beyond 99 to higher numbers. Help your very concrete learners by having them "build" a similar number tree on your classroom wall using sticky notes. Color code the prime number notes as a special color so students "see" them. Try this activity on the 100th day of school to envision 100 a whole new way-- even in upper grades! Challenge your more capable students to create number trees with numbers from 500 to 599 or even higher.

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Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots - Jessica Meacham

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K to 4
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Come to Mrs. (Jessica) Meacham's Classroom Snapshots to find elementary ideas and materials that are organized and ready to share! Choose from many downloads and teaching ideas all...more
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Come to Mrs. (Jessica) Meacham's Classroom Snapshots to find elementary ideas and materials that are organized and ready to share! Choose from many downloads and teaching ideas all organized by alphabetical order. Sample topics include: assessment, classroom management, organization, graphing, 100th Day, and many more. Learn about math tubs, download files, print emergent reader books, and so much more! Visit Jessica's page/site on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media and/or organization sites.

tag(s): alphabet (89), behavior (41), copyright (46), dr seuss (12), graphic organizers (46), guided reading (42), handwriting (18), iwb (31), literature circles (4), organizational skills (95), preK (239), professional development (75)

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Bookmark and use this site throughout the year for downloads and classroom ideas. Explore the site for ideas that can be modified and used in your classroom. This site is ideal for a new teacher, substitute, or seasoned professional.
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NumberQuotes - SWDuncan LLC

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3 to 12
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Ever use a number or statistic in a presentation and see the eyes of audience gloss over in misunderstanding or cluelessness? Perhaps you have trouble making number sense out ...more
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Ever use a number or statistic in a presentation and see the eyes of audience gloss over in misunderstanding or cluelessness? Perhaps you have trouble making number sense out of large figures. Try NumberQuotes! Simplistic and to the point, this tool allows you to enter a number into the search bar, and it will generate a list of quotes related to your number. Follow directions about the number entry format (words or numerals). Find fast, easy comparisons at your fingertips without tedious hours of detailed research.
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tag(s): number sense (85), statistics (111)

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This tool is great when discussing numbers that are difficult for students to assimilate, such as exponents or population growth. In elementary grades, use it for 100th day celebrations! Help students develop number sense about large figures in economics, social studies, or science. Share this site with students on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and type in the number such as the population of a country. It will then generate comparisons that are more student friendly. Keep this reference handy as a link on your class web page to help students comprehend numbers they encounter in informational texts or even in math class.

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Vokle - Robert Kiraz

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Vokle allows you and others to connect through an interactive video conference format. There are three main components to the program: text chat, audio, and video. Registration is required...more
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Vokle allows you and others to connect through an interactive video conference format. There are three main components to the program: text chat, audio, and video. Registration is required to host an "event" but isn't necessary for viewing recorded events available on the site. After registering, create an event (or series) by providing a title, description, and category. Schedule an event for a future time or go live immediately. Invite others to the event by embedding the code on your website, Facebook page, Twitter link, or by sharing the url. Encourage participation through viewer comments and questions that can be screened and chosen by the host. Sessions are recorded and can be viewed at a later time making this very useful for the classroom. Search for sessions by browsing events and viewing available categories. The learning category may be a useful starting point.

tag(s): chat (37), video (184)

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This site would be perfect to use when collaborating with other classrooms, for holding an author visit, or for professional collaboration. After hosting an event, share the link with students (or parents) who could not attend or who want to watch it over again. Encourage students to host their own event with topics such as book talks, interactive discussions on solving difficult math problems, or discussions of current events. Create a Vokle for parents to view, sharing your educational philosophy, classroom procedures and expectations, and other school-related information. Create a Vokle for students who were absent from class or who may want to watch the lesson again. Even elementary classes can make a Vokle under teacher supervision for special events such as Earth Day or the 100th day of school.

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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (230), baseball (35), biomes (116), business (55), charts and graphs (188), civil war (131), dinosaurs (46), egypt (62), field trips (10), immigrants (12), immigration (49), japan (61), maps (249), mayans (9), medieval (25), mexico (31), multiple intelligences (8), musical instruments (27), nutrition (139), olympics (41), painting (61), probability (112), religions (50), rocks (40), russia (28), sports (80), statistics (111), tessellations (6), test prep (83), virtual field trips (39), volcanoes (53), water cycle (27)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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100 Snowballs Game - ABCya!

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K to 4
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What can you do with 100 snowballs? Find out with this interactive activity where students can let their imaginations run free with creating a winter scene using 100 snowballs. The...more
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What can you do with 100 snowballs? Find out with this interactive activity where students can let their imaginations run free with creating a winter scene using 100 snowballs. The activity is easy to use, simply click and drag each snowball anywhere in the scene. Finished creations can be saved to your computer or printed using links at the top of the activity.

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This site would be perfect for the 100th day of school activities! Use in a computer center and have students group the snowballs into different size groups and count how many are in each pile. Have students create a scene using the 100 snowballs then write a poem about their creation.
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Counter Square - Ambleside Primary

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K to 5
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This online 100 chart is more than just a static chart. You can click and drag counters onto the chart to display patterns, multiples, odd and even numbers, and much ...more
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This online 100 chart is more than just a static chart. You can click and drag counters onto the chart to display patterns, multiples, odd and even numbers, and much more. Six different counters are available to use in demonstrating math concepts.

tag(s): multiplication (201), number sense (85)

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Have students add up sums of counters placed onto the 100 chart. Use this site to teach younger students HOW to count to 100 and the value/idea of 100. Demonstrate multiples of factors when teaching multiplication facts. Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector when teaching number sense to highlight odd and even numbers. Highlight prime numbers when learning prime and composite. Make this an interactive whiteboard center for students to practice or challenge each other with multiples questions. Visual and tactile learners can get "in touch" with numbers!
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Featured Topic: 100 Ways to Represent the Number 100 - mathwire.com

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K to 5
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Looking for a new way to celebrate the 100th day of school in your class? Check out this site for some fresh ideas. You will find math and language arts ...more
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Looking for a new way to celebrate the 100th day of school in your class? Check out this site for some fresh ideas. You will find math and language arts activities, interactives, printables, and much more. Topics range from money to literature to place value. There are countless ways to count up to 100 at this site.

tag(s): counting (117), literature (217), money (178), numbers (187), place value (54)

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Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Try some of the suggested activities and video the projects. Share the vidoes using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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There are so many great ideas for 100th day on this site! I'm looking forward to teaching the "Bundle Song" to my students! Lauren, TN, Grades: 0 - 1

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The Teachers' Corner - The Teachers' Corner

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K to 12
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This is a great site to mine for quick lesson plans, ideas on thematic units, or simply daily writing prompts. There are detailed lesson plans available for math, arts and ...more
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This is a great site to mine for quick lesson plans, ideas on thematic units, or simply daily writing prompts. There are detailed lesson plans available for math, arts and crafts, nutrition, health, music, math, reading, physical education, technology, writing, science, and social studies. Visit the Seasonal Items link to find even MORE resources related to Read Across America, 100th Day ideas, Daily seasonal writing prompts, and much more! Many of the links will take you to other sites, but the onsite printable worksheets and calendars make it worth a visit. Note: the site is laden with advertising, something TeachersFirst users may not appreciate! This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): fractions (219), nutrition (139), parts of speech (64), phonics (72), speech (87), themes (8), writing (321)

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Although this site has a TON to explore, one of the best places on this site is the daily writing prompt section (find seasonal prompts at the Seasonal Items link). You can share them on your interactive whiteboard or projector with a picture and fact about the day and a question requiring a written answer. This is a great discussion starter or activating strategy with any grade level and it can already be posted when the kids enter the room or used as a prompt for blogging. Whatever subject area you teach, if you are looking for some new strategies to reach your students, check out this site.
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100th Day of School Games and Activities - Apples 4 the Teacher

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Although TeachersFirst doesn't usually review a "list of links," our editorial staff found this one to be especially useful. Come to this site to find interactives about the 100th day...more
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Although TeachersFirst doesn't usually review a "list of links," our editorial staff found this one to be especially useful. Come to this site to find interactives about the 100th day of school. Learn about the history of this "holiday," use the printables, practice counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and beyond with interactive challenges, find literature lists for the 100th day, and much more. Each link includes a detailed description about what is available for students at the site. Some of the links require Adobe Acrobat and/or Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): counting (117), literature (217)

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Are you planning for the 100th day of school? Visit this one-stop site and find books to read to your class, math activities for counting and multiplies, interactives to share on your projector or interactive whiteboard, and more.
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Suggested Activities for 100th Day of School - Tammy Payton

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K to 5
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This site offers an interesting mix of activities for all classes to use to celebrate the 100th day! Some are simple: songs, quick art projects, counting activities, or exercises. While...more
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This site offers an interesting mix of activities for all classes to use to celebrate the 100th day! Some are simple: songs, quick art projects, counting activities, or exercises. While others are more complex: learning to say hello in 100 languages, researching 100 African Americans who have made a difference (connecting 100th day activities to Black History month), and many others. This site is a basically a list of activities, but worth taking a look at.

tag(s): black history (50), counting (117), writing (321)

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Find some new ideas to celebrate the 100th day with your class. This site offers many interdisciplinary activities for you to co-teach with the music teacher, physical education teacher, or others.

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Hip Hip Hooray for the 100th Day - Deborah Schecter

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3 to 6
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This simple (yet extremely useful) site presents a printable 100-square grid PDF file. Directions for the activity are provided at the website. This geometry activity is a perfect addition...more
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This simple (yet extremely useful) site presents a printable 100-square grid PDF file. Directions for the activity are provided at the website. This geometry activity is a perfect addition to your 100th day celebration with older elementary students or middle school students. The challenge is to plot coordinates on a grid, then place a dot at the correct location. Once students connect the dots, a hidden picture appears (which of course relates to the 100th day celebration). This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): coordinates (32)

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Print off the grid for your students. Project the page on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner at their seats.
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Max's Math Adventures - Scholastic

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K to 3
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Practice adding, subtracting, recognizing patterns, and graphing with this nice collection of interactive activities. Aligned to standards and ranked by level of difficulty, these interactive...more
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Practice adding, subtracting, recognizing patterns, and graphing with this nice collection of interactive activities. Aligned to standards and ranked by level of difficulty, these interactive games help reinforce basic skills, encourage independent work, and provide students with instant feedback. There is also an option to print the activities. Non-readers will need some help with the text and written responses.

This site features two activities that are perfect for your 100th day celebrations: Counting Coins (counting to 100) and A Sweet Story (estimation up to 100). This site requires both Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (220), counting (117), estimation (42), subtraction (183)

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This site includes numerous "ready to go" math learning center activities. Share the activities with your students on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students practice their math independently. The two "100s" activities are perfect additions to your 100th day celebration. You may want to list this site in your class newsletter and on your class website so students can practice these basic foundations of math at home.
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Celebrate the 100th Day of School - Scholastic

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This site offers 100th day of school activities in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and "Just for Fun." There are activities that focus on spelling, writing, reading, history,...more
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This site offers 100th day of school activities in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and "Just for Fun." There are activities that focus on spelling, writing, reading, history, counting, sorting, probability, density, and many other specific topics. The main page of this site features the Language Arts activities. To find the other ideas, you must click on the subject area on the left side of the top of the site (see the box More Information.

tag(s): counting (117), density (21), estimation (42), literature (217), mass (18), measurement (147), money (178), probability (112), sorting (11), spelling (165), volume (40), writing (321)

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There are many 100th day sites out there, but this one includes middle school grades too. Check out the activities in the areas that you teach. Most require minimal preparations. Use the writing prompts as the starting point for your 100th Day celebration. Share all of the prompt options on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to choose which prompt to write about. Why not share the lesson ideas with your class a few days before the 100th day and allow students to vote for their favorite lesson idea. Or allow cooperative learning groups to try the activities on their own.

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Celebrate the 100th Day in 100 Ways - Education World

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The 100th day of school is creeping up on us, and to celebrate it in style, check out this list of 100 ideas - covering nearly all subject areas - ...more
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The 100th day of school is creeping up on us, and to celebrate it in style, check out this list of 100 ideas - covering nearly all subject areas - for celebrating the event! This list includes many links to outside sites, all were appropriate (at the time of this review) and two were no longer active. Some of the outside sites require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): counting (117), writing (321)

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Take advantage of the MANY ideas at this site. Divide students into small groups and have each group choose one (or more) of the activities to complete as a group.
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The Wolf's Chicken Stew 100th Day Celebration - Amy Koch

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K to 3
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This lesson plan focuses on the book The Wolf's Chicken Stew. The activities include reading the story, graphing, and cooking up 100 pancakes! What a fabulous (and yummy) way...more
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This lesson plan focuses on the book The Wolf's Chicken Stew. The activities include reading the story, graphing, and cooking up 100 pancakes! What a fabulous (and yummy) way to celebrate the 100th day of school! There are also five related links that include counting, opposites, and more.

tag(s): cooking (30), counting (117)

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Follow this easy lesson plan (and don't forget a griddle or two). Check out the related sites for more ideas to use on the 100th day!

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Themes and Literature Circles - Literature Learning Ladders

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Themes and Literature Circles offers explanations, tips, and ideas based on current scientific research for creating literature circles in the classroom. The site provides several theme...more
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Themes and Literature Circles offers explanations, tips, and ideas based on current scientific research for creating literature circles in the classroom. The site provides several theme examples to get started as well as book lists for each theme, technology ideas, and Internet connections. Some of the topics included are 100th Day Celebration, All About Me & Celebrating Diversity, Colonial America, Quilts, Japanese Internment Camps, Underground Railroad, Civil War, and Native American Legends.

tag(s): literature (217), literature circles (4), themes (8)

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Use the thematic Internet links for web quests and teacher resources as part of an interdisciplinary or team-taught unit. Share the reading lists with your school library/media specialist for featured displays. If you want to really generate student enthusiasm have the class create a wiki on the theme, including book reviews and informational pages on the topic. Don't know about wikis? See the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through to get started.

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