For the past few years I have used the same activies with my students. The students who have had me before are excited to participate again, while the students who are having me for the first time are excited to see what all the hype - the hype I build up for this day in my classroom, is all about!
I have all ages, grades, and ability levels in my learning support classroom. My "100 Days! - Celebration Packet" is incredibly easy to adapt to each and everyone of them - the exact reason I have been using these activities year after year...after year... you catch my drift. This celebration packet is made up of 4 easily adapted activities that I feel anyone, on any level, in grades 3-6 can enjoy! And let me be totally honest, while I was a junior high/high school emotional support teacher, I was guilty of using these same activities with my students then. They might not have admitted it to their friends, but they had a blast:) For my students with higher ability levels, I turn each activity into a center for them to rotate through. For my students who have a more difficult time working on their own, we work through each activity as a group. We've even worked through each activity with partners before! I am also guilty of secretly wishing there's an odd partner so I can participate!
Activity #1: "I Can Spell 100 Words"
This first activity in their packets ALWAYS blows their minds. They will tell me, "...but I don't know 100 words." This is when I smile:) First, I tell them to correctly spell as many words as they can think of. If they aren't 100% sure if their word is spelled correctly, they should erase it and pick a new one. Usually, this will get their brains working and moving. However, if students are still having a difficult time, or are on #89 and "just can't think of anymore," I allow them to use all past spelling lists. This is when the mind blowing happens. They just can't believe how many words they have learned to spell so far this year. Listing 100 words is a breeze, now!
I even take this activity one step further. On the very last 100 Words recording sheet, I have included an optional ending sheet. The students type all of their 100 words they have recorded and create a Wordle. Never heard of Wordle? Check it out by clicking the link I provided below this paragraph. It is incredibly elementary student friendly and a website favorite in my classroom. When using centers I hang up my "100 Word Wordle" poster above my computers. The students always love seeing their completed 100 word, word clouds.
Activity #2: "My 100th Birthday"
I feel like it wouldn't be a true 100th day of school celebration if we didn't talk about how we plan on celebrating our 100th birthdays! Students have the option to choose between two different writing pages, to write their paragraph or just a few sentences on. I think I might enjoy reading their stories more than they enjoy writing them. I can remember when Justin Beiber was once a popular 100th birthday appearance, haha! I've even had a few students want to read what they had written in their "old people voice" to the class. Hard to believe the students can have this much fun writing?!;)
Also in this activity, the students have the chance to draw their self portrait of what they think they will look like when they are 100. If I am using centers in my room, this activity is done at the students' desks.
Activity #3: "Math Munch Mix"
This has always been a favorite activity! The activity I ALWAYS jump in on:) This is my version of the 100th day snack mix, that also includes a little bit of math. A short list of supplies is needed for this activity: 10 different snacks, 10 bowls, plastic spoons, and plastic bags. See, I told you it was short. 10 bowls are filled with a different snack in each bowl. I always nominate myself as full time "snack-spooner-outer." Germs are too gross for little fingers to spread! Each student gets a plastic sandwich bag with their name on it, a Math Mix 100 Pieces Chart, and directions for making their munch mix. I use my Math Munch Mix Mixing Station poster to hang as one of my centers. I've learned that as being the snack-spooner-outer it is easiest to call students up one at a time, to spoon out their snacks. Students tell me how many of each snack they would like, while checking numbers off their 100 Pieces Chart being sure not to go over 100 pieces! We go over these rules a few times.
Sometimes, I even provide a little more math before they munch on their mixes. Students use a counting mat to tally how many snacks they have taken from each bowl and then write the total number of that snack. Students then take their tally totals and graph their 100 munchies. Everything is more fun when food is involved... especially math!
Activity #4: "You Only Have 100 Seconds"
I complete this activity after the other three activities/centers have been completed. There's a lot of munching going on at this point! For this activity I split my students up into teams. They get to make up their own team names. This ONE activity is made up of ten, 100 second activities! Hopefully all of those numbers in one sentence made sense, haha! The ten timed activities are listed for the students to see, and are fairly self explanatory. However, I always go over them - just incase. A few resources are needed for this activity, but they are all items from around the classroom: paper clips, dice, timer, etc. Three of the activities include writing, and each have their own worksheet included in their packets. It is so much fun watching the students work together in these timed activities!
I allow one student to work the timer. It takes the students a few tries not hitting "stop" at the 1 minute mark like they're used to. But for the most part, they pick up quickly that 100 seconds is actually 1 minute and 40 seconds on my timer. I just squeezed a little more math in there:) If I don't have any volunteer timers, I nominate myself! So many small jobs us teachers have!
Alright, enough blogging:) Now I need to pack up my snacks and get the final touches ready for our celebration tomorrow! Plus, Charley's not so little puppy brother has been sleeping on my feet for the past few minutes dying for some attention!
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To everyone else celebrating the 100th day of school tomorrow, ENJOY!