A few unexpected (but very much enjoyed) snow days had me thinking about my January plans. First, our Grandparents’ Day celebration had to be re-scheduled so I’m definitely glad I prepared our MATHO activity well in advance. Next, I thought the dreary, super-cold days of this month could use a major shot of FUN. I decided to create some across-the-curriculum ideas/activities that upper elementary kids would enjoy when we celebrate the 100th day of school.
When students arrive in my classroom, we begin our day with some Morning Work (you may also know these as Bell Ringers – they go by a variety of names). We will have a fun coloring page that gives us a “soft start” to our day before diving into the rest of our activities. The ideas and printables I created require minimum prep work for teachers – mostly printing, copying, and linking a few websites for easy student access.
- Root Word Tree (printable) – students need access to the Word Root of the Day website where they can learn about the Latin root word cent and write words derived from it.
- 100 Words Race (printable) – students work with a partner to see how fast they can read 100 sight words. The words included on this page are the 100 sight words I have my students study in January, but you could easily replace this printable with whatever 100 words your own students are currently studying. You just need your list of words and a timer.
- 100 Books I’ve Read – if you use the A.R. system, have students check their Bookshelf and list the books they have previously read. Be sure to include those books read in guided reading and strategy groups – those count! This could also be turned into a fun scavenger hunt in the library where students check the shelves to find books they’ve read…provided the librarian agrees to this chaos!
- Making Words (printable) – students use the letters in the word “hundred” to create smaller words. Not sure which words can be made? Check out this website for a complete list – Word Maker.
- 100 Words I Know (printable) – have students show off their spelling skills by listing any 100 words they are confident they know how to spell without checking a resource.
- If I Had $100 (printable) – ask students to imagine what they would do if they suddenly received $100. You may want to visit some popular online stores such as Target or Walmart so they can get a realistic idea of just what $100 will get you in the real world before having them write their personal narratives.
- 100 Days of Time (printable) – determine how many hours, minutes, and seconds are in 100 days. Then write those answers in word and expanded form.
- There are literally 100 ways you can connect this special day with math, of course. Other ideas you might have time for include…
- have pairs of students write 100 at the top of their paper. Roll 2 dice and subtract that number from 100. Continue until you get to zero. Of reverse this and have students start at zero, roll 2 dice, and keep adding until they reach 100.
- Get out those measuring tools and have students mark on the floor distances that equal 100, such as 100 centimeters, 100 meters (maybe an outside activity if it’s not super cold?), 100 millimeters, 100 inches, 100 feet. Have them list the distances in order from least to greatest.
- Bust out those hundreds charts and have students color-code the prime and composite numbers.
- Use a Random Number Generator and ask students to identify the factors for any number up to 100.
Those are just a few ideas you can use when celebrating your 100th day of school. Check out Pinterest, of course, for more ideas or download my free resource – it has a few more ideas not mentioned in today’s post. Hang in there, teachers! If we’re celebrating the 100th day of school, that means summer will be here before we know it! Happy teaching!