January 15, 2015

100th Day of School - The Most Exciting Day of the Year

Are you gearing up for your 100th day of school? Here are some fun things we did in our classroom and as a grade level to make the 100th day of Kindergarten very memorable! This is what the kids walked into as they entered my classroom.
I used this frame for the 1st day of school, so all I had to do was change the star to say "100th" and it was ready to go! I print a picture of each child holding this frame on the 1st day, 100th day, and last day of Kindergarten so they have a keepsake of how they grew throughout the year.
As a grade level, we did a 100th day duck hunt! We bought these plastic ducks from Oriental trading and made cards 1-100 to sit next to each duck. The six K teachers divided the ducks and hid them around our classroom during the student's lunch time. When they came back from lunch, we divided the kids into groups and had them hunt through each room for the ducks. As they found a duck, they colored that number on their 100 chart. The students LOVED this and yes, it was a bit chaotic in our rooms and in the K hallway, but it was worth it.
We made some 100th day hats and fruit loop necklaces. We used these counting mats to help us keep track of our fruit loops. 
If you have your students collect 100 items to bring in, they can also use these mats to count out their collection. Grade these FREE counting mats here
As students were counting their fruit loops, I went around and took their pictures using the Aging Booth app which they have for Apple and Android devices. I took the photos on my iPad so I could then use my Apple TV and show them what they'd look like in 100 years. They were cracking up! Here's one I took of myself so you can see how it works. Pretty gross, huh?!?
Finally, since your students are probably going to be a bit crazy during the 100th day of school, why not let them get rid of some of that energy with this 100th Day Fluency & Fitness! This slideshow has students work on naming and recognizing numbers 1-100 and doing exercises every so often. 

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