100 Days of School

Aloha friends!  I hope your week has been moving along nicely.  Today marked the 100th day of school for us.  Time sure is flying by.
On Wednesdays we have a short day which made it the perfect day to celebrate.
We started off the day by sharing our Mystery Bags.
I glued this onto some white craft bags and sent them home on Monday.  The students had to find 100 items to place in the bag and then write 3 clues.  I had the students sit in a circle and share their clues.  We then passed the bags around the circle and tried to guess what each student brought.

The kids really enjoyed sharing and guessing.  
It was a great way to use our senses as well.

Next we had some fun writing about ourselves.
I gave each student a sheet of paper and told them to write their name in the middle.  Then I challenged them to write 100 things about themselves!  I let them sit wherever they wanted and they had a great time chatting with friends and sharing ideas.

I was amazed at how engaged they all were for a full 30 minutes, lol!  They really enjoyed it.  They didn't come close to writing 100 things, but they were happy that they could work on them another time.

I then did some reading.  I shared a few of my favorite 100 day books.
The Wolf's Chicken Stew is one of my favorites and so cute. We read it and then discussed some other items that the wolf might make for the chicks.  I created a template and had the students finish it.
They wrote some really cute answers, but we ran out of time before lunch and I forgot to take pictures!  If you would like a copy of the writing template just click on the picture above to grab it in Google Docs.

After lunch we had some 100 day math activities.  First I shared the recipe for our 100 Day snack.

I sent a note home last week asking for each student to bring in 200 pieces of a small snack item.  Not every child brought something so it was just enough for our class of 21. I set out 10 plates and placed the different items on each one.  I called a few kids back at a time and they counted out their snacks.

All the snacks were quite tasty!  The kids at their seats were keeping busy with 100 ways to make 100.  

Just click on the picture to grab this one too.

These activities took us through our short afternoon quite quickly. 
My second graders have a great concept of place value and hundreds, but it's always fun to reinforce the concepts.  All my kiddos left smiling and although I didn't get 100 hugs, 20 was good enough for me!  

I hope you can use some of these ideas and activities with your class as well.
When is your 100th day of school?

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