After the holidays, perhaps the biggest celebration for elementary students is the 100th day of school. From the very first day, classes begin keeping track of the number of days they have been in school in anticipation of the 100th day. It’s a milestone that represents progress, growth, and achievement.
For educators, this is likely a moment for reflection: What's been working well? What hasn't? What are your goals for the rest of the school year? For students, it’s the perfect opportunity for creative learning and celebration.
Below we have compiled a list of engaging activities to celebrate the occasion. You can do them both in the classroom or at home as a family.
Read 100 Books
For obvious reasons, this one’s our favorite! Leading up to 100th Day, challenge your students to read 100 books or even 100 pages. Keep a chart or poster in the class and encourage kids to cheer each other on as they track their progress. If they meet the goal, reward them with extra time at recess or a World Book bookmark.
Go, Team, Go!
Looking for a great team-building activity? Create a classroom scavenger hunt requiring students to find 100 small items, like buttons, Hershey kisses, paper cutouts, and more. This is a good way to motivate students in a way that they feel compelled to work together (social-emotional learning), learn, and complete a task. Add a learning component by having them guess how much the items weigh, then weigh them.
If They Were 100...
Kids love dress-up days, and it doesn't get much cuter than having your students come to school dressed like 100-year-olds. Then, develop a fun writing assignment as a supplement. You can have them write about what their lives would be like if they were 100—what they would look like and where they would be living. This activity is sure to bring on the giggles.
Challenge kids to do the 100-yard dash, 100 sit-ups, and 100 jumping jacks. For older students, ask them to pick 10 of their favorite exercises. Set up 10 stations in the gym and have students go to each station and do it 10 times. Award kids who finish with a certificate of completion.
Think Outside the Box
A popular idea for marking the occasion is to have your students make shirts or hats with one hundred of something on them, like wiggly eyes, buttons, or safety pins. Encourage kids to think outside the box! It’s a great creative exercise and a great opportunity for younger students to show off their newly developed math skills by counting from 1 to 100—by ones, fives, tens, twenties, and more.
Have students collect 100 cans of fruits, vegetables and beans and donate them to a local soup kitchen or school families in need. Then as a class, brainstorm 100 ACTS OF KINDNESS! Invite your students throughout the day to add to the list and help to spread a little kindness to someone’s day.
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