We’ve pulled together a collection of ideas and created some resources to help you and your students celebrate an engaging and fun-filled 100th Day of school.
This 100s Day collection contains 50 pages, to download the complete free collection, click on the bold purple download link towards the bottom of this post.
You can create centers for students to rotate through on the 100th day or do the activities as a class or in small groups all at the same time. If you choose to do centers, we have created signs you can post at each one. All you need to do is fill in the number of the center in the white box on the sign.
100th Day Costume – Before your 100th Day celebration tell your students that they can come to school in a 100th Day costume if they wish. To do this, all they need to do is attach 100 of the same object to a shirt and/or pants in some way.
Flip a Coin Hundred Times – For this center, your students will flip a coin 100 times and record the results (heads or tails) of those flips using tally marks on the page provided. Once they have finished, they will total their tally marks, add the totals (to be sure there have been a hundred flips) and then graph the results by coloring in a graph. We have created two graphs – one with increments of 5 and one with increments of ten. You can choose the one you wish your students to use or provide both and let students choose.
100 is a Lot! – This is a popular poem by Meish Goldfish. One way to use the poem in your classroom is to have students read it and fill it in with rhyming words they think fit the poem. They can do this individually, at centers with small groups or you can do it as a class. Once the page with blanks is completely filled in, read the original poem and compare the rhyming words the author used with the ones the students chose.
Counting Coins to One Dollar – This activity is a way for students to practice counting and trading coins up to $1.00 as well as reinforcing the concept that 100 pennies equals one dollar. Students simply roll dice, take that number of pennies and trade for nickels, dimes and quarters as they are able. The first student to reach $1.00 (100 pennies) is the winner.
Hiyaku (he-ah-koo; 100 in Japanese) Snack – This is a fun way for your students to learn how to say the number 100 in a different language and also make a fun 100th day snack! For this activity, copy and laminate the 100 chart provided. Students will follow the recipe on the station card to place small snack items on their charts. Once they have filled their chart with one of the items they can carefully slide the snacks off the paper into a bowl or baggie. (We have created one station card with a recipe already provided and another with a blank box for you to write in your own recipe depending upon what is donated or you are able to purchase. Some suggestions are Cheerios, Goldfish crackers, M&Ms or chocolate chips, fruit cereal, raisins, or Cheez-It crackers. You could also use small pretzel sticks and have students create “tally marks” with them to reach 100.) Once they have all their “hundreds” in the baggie they can enjoy their Hiyaku snack!
Disguising 100 – We found this artistic idea online. Students use their creativity to transform the number 100 into something different simply by drawing and adding details.
This is 100! Book – There are two ways this book can be done. The first is for students to gather 100 items from somewhere in the classroom (paper clips, Legos, pattern blocks, crayons, etc). Once they gather the items they will take digital pictures and then you can put them into a class book. Another way to complete this book is for students to think of an item and then actually draw 100 of that item on their page. Gather all the pages once students are finished and put them into a class book. (You could also choose to do a mixture of drawings and digital pictures if you wish.) We have provided a book cover and blank page for drawings.
Get Active for 100 Seconds – This center is to help your students grasp an understanding of what 100 seconds feels like and also to work some additional movement into their day. You will need a few stopwatches and be ready for some controlled chaos! At this center students time each other doing various physical activities for 100 seconds. You can add some small balls, hand weights or other props to make this center more fun if you want. (If you have a class that just might not be able to handle the more physical activities, you could always change this center to include activities such as writing their name for 100 seconds, squeezing a soft rubber ball, cutting out shapes from paper, picking up objects with their hands or tweezers, etc).
Reflective Writing/Drawing Pages – These pages are open-ended in nature and are intended to get students thinking, drawing and/or writing. You can copy several of each of them and have students choose the one(s) they would like to complete. Here are the included topics:
- This will be me at 100 Years Old…
- I wish I had 100…
- If I had $100 I would…
- I am so hungry I could eat 100…
- I looked out the window and saw 100…
This is What 100 Looks Like? Discovery Center – This is meant serve as a discovery center. You will need several types of materials for students to work with and/or count out as well as several different types of containers and measuring devices. Students can work to count out 100 drops of water, 100 teaspoons of sand, 100 cotton balls, 100 pounds of books, 100 ounces of water, etc. For this center you don’t want to necessarily direct them to carry out specific tasks with the materials you provide, but let them come up with tasks of their own. For added interest and fun, have students take digital pictures of the tasks they create to show 100, print out the pictures, use the book cover (from the above “This is 100!” center) and create another class book from the pictures they took.
What Can You Build With 100 Legos? – This simple center will be wonderful for your kinesthetic students! Bring in or borrow a large amount of Lego blocks. The students task is to count out 100 Legos and build something to display for a 100th Day Lego Museum. (You might also want to place 100s charts at this center to help them count out their hundred Legos before they begin building.)
100 Thing Sort – Gather 100 random items in a box and have groups work together to determine some way to sort them. They can record their categories and you can discuss all the ways the groups sorted them when you come together for a class community circle.
100 Days Flip Book – Students cut out the pages and staple them to create a 100 Days memory flip book.
Writing 100 Words – Students will be amazed that they actually know how to write 100 different words on these pages!
Making Words – Students use the words in “HUNDREDS DAY” to create new words. We have provided strips of letters you can cut out and then the students can cut them apart if they need or want to.
Facebook Posts – Students can write pretend Facebook posts about their 100th day at school.
Basket of 100th Day Books – As always, an easy and engaging center is to gather a collection of books surrounding the theme or topic of your teaching and let students spend some time independently reading. We have created two simple reading response pages (one for informational text and one for literature) that you can put at the center so that students can be accountable for what they are reading. At the bottom of the post are some Amazon links to books tied to the number 100 in some way in case you would like to purchase some additional texts for this center.
Additional Class Activities for the 100th Day of School:
100th Day Task Cards – These task cards can be used in many ways. They contain activities, inquiries or thought provoking questions for your students to attempt to do or answer. We have also provided a blank template with the same background so that you can create or add your own 100th day tasks.
Scrambled 100th Day Sentence Word Cards – This set of five color coded sentences has each word on a card. Students can sort them and then unscramble them to create sentences about their 100th day celebration. We have also provided a blank template that you can print multiple copies of to create your own sentences for students to unscramble.
100 Pieces of Popcorn – Show students what 100 popcorn kernels look like in a small cup, then pop them in an air popper so that they can see what 100 popped kernels look like. (Then of course you need to, perhaps, pop some more and enjoy a 100th day snack!)
100 Item Jars – A week before the 100th day of school, place five same-sized jars filled with different items in a spot in the classroom. Only one of the jars will have 100 items inside. The rest should have some number of items less than 100. (Some suggestions are large paper clips, candy pieces, buttons, beads, rocks, erasers, etc.) Label the jars A, B, C, D & F. Throughout the week students can look at these jars and try to determine which one actually has 100 items inside. On the 100th day take a vote to see who thinks what jar actually has 100 items. Separate your class into five groups and give each one a jar of items to count to determine which one truly has 100 items.
100 Acts of Kindness for the New Year – Challenge students to come up with 100 acts of kindness they can carry out at school in the new year. Type up the list and enlarge it on a poster. Each time one of the acts of kindness is carried out, place a check mark or sticker next to it on the list. The goal is to accomplish all 100 acts of kindness before the end of the school year.
Our 100th Day Charity Event – Another idea for a challenge is to have your students brainstorm items that they can collect and donate to a special place or cause. The idea can be simple, like canned food or more creative like new pajamas, new socks, new toiletry items like toothpaste and toothbrushes. Once they come up with their idea and know where they can donate their items, draw a thermometer shaped graph (with tick marks to show 100) and have students color it in each time items are brought in. They can even share their idea with the school to get donations from other classrooms.
100 Letters to 100 Heroes – One last idea to get your students thinking about helping others is to set a goal to have them write 100 letters to deployed soldiers. You can find sites like www.amillionthanks.org and www.operationgratitude.com to give you ideas of how and where to send the letters if you don’t already have something in mind.
Download 100th Day Collection Below…
***You can download the complete, free collection for the 100th Day of School here: 100s Day Collection ***
If you are looking for new books to add to your library, we’ve included links to a few of our favorites below. (Contains Amazon affiliate links.)
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