Saturday, January 12, 2013


It's almost the hundredth day of school for some of you, and that means party time.  For those of you who started school later, you can use these ideas next month.

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.)
*Download this book at, 2007.

$100 Book – Make an enlarged copy of the front and back of a $100 bill.  (If you don't have a $100 bill you can go to, 2007, and download it.)  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.  (You can also download this at, 2007.)  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.

Buzz – 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 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.

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.

Zero the Hero
Here's another book you can download on my website.