Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Whether your 100th day of school is near or far, you can use these ideas to celebrate the special day.

100 Days  (Tune: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home")
We’ve been in school 100 days. (Children stand and march.)
Hoorah! Hoorah! (Fist in air as if cheering.)
We’ve worked and played 100 days.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
Zero is our Hero today.
Now let’s all count to celebrate!
We’ve been in school 100 days,
And it’s been great!

1, 2, 3,…..100! (Hold up fingers as you count.)

*Here are two books that you can download at drjean.org.

100 Exercise
Do ten sets of the following exercises: toe touches, jumping jacks, arm circles, hops (on one foot), waist twists, squats, scissor jumps, hops (on the other foot), jog (in place), windmills. 
*"Pump Up to 100" and "Macarena Count to 100" are two youtube videos where children can exercise and count!

$100 Book

Make an enlarged copy of the front and back of a $100 bill.  Cut paper the size of the bill and staple it between the front and the back to make a book. Let children draw pictures or write stories of what they would do if they had $100.
Note! I’ve been told that it is illegal to copy US money unless you enlarge or decrease the size and cross through the face. (Hopefully, I wont go to jail for doing this!)

Cover Up
Make 2 copies of a 100 grid.  Cut up one set and put the numbers in a zip bag. Children can play this game by themselves or with a partner. Give them a 3 minute timer and challenge them to cover up as many spaces as they can in the time limit. Have them record the amount and try to beat their score each time they play.
Hint! Adapt this game for younger children by giving them a grid with 10 or 25 spaces.
*Use the grid to practice writing numbers.
*Use the grid for graphing or for making patterns.
*Color even numbers one color and odd numbers another color.

All children stand. Go around the room and have each child say a number. When they get to a set of ten they must say “buzz.” If they don’t say “buzz” they are out of the game and must sit down. The game continues until there is one person left or you reach 100.

100 Day Book
Fold 5 sheets of paper in half and staple. Children draw sets of ten on each page.

100 Bottles 
Have each child take an empty plastic water bottle and fill it with 100 items.

100 Art
Cut a “1” and two “0’s” out of construction paper. Children glue them on a sheet of paper to create a “critter.” They can decorate it with crayons, markers, or paint.
100 Snack
Children count out ten each of each snack food (such as Cheerios, pretzels, Gold Fish, raisins, m&m’s, miniature marshmallows, cheese crackers, wheat squares, rice chex, peanuts, etc.) and put them in a zip bag. Shake and eat.
*Adapt to the dietary needs of your class.

Math Challenge
How many ways can you think of to make 100? Children could do this independently or with a partner.