You've been marking off your calendar since the first day your students entered your classroom and now it's here: the 100th day of school! Across the country, elementary schools are gearing up to celebrate this amazing milestone and have some fun with the number 100. There are a lot of ways to honor and acknowledge the day, so how do you know which 100th day of school ideas are the best? Here are a few teacher-tested ideas to try. Your students will not only develop and sharpen their skills, but they'll also be able to have some fun.
Explore the Number 100
From counting to 100 to doing 100 jumping jacks, there are many ways you can celebrate the 100th day of school in your classroom. Try some of these ideas with your students.
- Have your class dress up like they're 100 years old.
- Flip a coin 100 times, and have students keep track of how many times you flipped heads and how many times you flipped tails.
- Challenge your students to do 100 exercises in place. (Split the exercises up and have students do 10 at a time—10 jumping jacks, 10 toe touches, etc.)
- Choose a topic and have students write down things that fall into the category for 100 seconds. For example: ice cream flavors, colors, animals, etc.
- Have your students explore all the different ways they can write the number 100. For example, numerically, by tallying, using Roman numerals, etc.
- Give your students 100 objects to sort.
- Plan a craft activity where students use a bingo dauber to paint 100 gumballs onto a paper plate.
Try Writing Prompts Using the Number 100
A fun way to celebrate the 100th day of school is to pair students up and have them try to complete as many writing prompts as they can. On the top of the worksheet, you can write, "Congratulations! You've made to the 100th day of school in ___ grade. Your job is to complete as many of the following activities as you can." Here are a few journal writing prompts to consider:
- If I had $100 dollars, I would...
- In 100 months from now, I will be...
- If I had 100 wishes, they would be...
- The best thing about the number 100 is...
- I would not want 100...
- I wish I had 100...
Bulletin Board Ideas
Bulletin boards are a great way to display student work and celebrate special occasions. Here are a few popular 100th day of school ideas that you can try for your bulletin board.
- Fill 10 baggies with 100 different items (paper clips, seeds, cotton balls) and title the bulletin board "What does 100 look like?"
- Have students create a self portrait of themselves when they are 100 years old and title it "Us at 100."
- Challenge each student to draw a picture of a food they could eat 100 times in a row.
- Title your bulletin board "100 Reasons Why We Love Our School" and have students write down why on construction paper hearts.
100th Day of School Party
There's no better way to mark this fabulous milestone than to have a 100th day celebration. Have students blow up 100 balloons and bring in a treat that has 100 pieces. A popular party snack that's simple and easy to make is 100th-day trail mix. Ask students to bring in 10 foods to make up the trail mix, such as Cheerios, Goldfish crackers, chocolate chips, Chex Mix, marshmallows, raisins, pretzels, M&M's, and popcorn. Then have them each count out 10 pieces of each food item to create a trail mix that has 100 pieces in it. Yum.
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The 100th day of school only happens once a year, so why not make it a fun day for your students? By engaging your class in themed activities, or even participating in a schoolwide celebration, you can ensure that your students have an amazing 100th day.