February 12, 2017

Hooray for the 100th Day!

Happy 100th Day of Kindergarten everyone!  Have you reached this all-important milestone yet?  According to my students, it was the best day ever.  We did have a lot of fun, and we spread the fun and activities over three days.  

Day 1: we created our 100 hats. The 100 Days Smarter template is from The Candy Class and you can get it here.  My kids colored and cut out the hat template, and then I stapled it to a sentence strip.  I then also stapled 10 paper strips to the sentence strip.  My kids used stamp markers and made 10 stamps on each strip, for a total of 100 stamps. We started these hats 2 days before the actual 100th day so we could use our time for fun 100 things.

The badge and coloring sheet are from my 100th day Freebie pack, which you can get here.  

Day 2: Necklaces with 100 beads. For my first 10 years of teaching, my class and I made Fruit Loop necklaces.  Those are fun, but messy.  The past few years I have used pony beads and plastic lacing instead.  Less messy, but we still manage to get beads everywhere.  NOT. THIS. YEAR.  I am proud to announce that not one child spilled beads everywhere or turned over their almost-completed necklace.  How? So simple...so easy...TAPE the end of that string TO THE TABLE!  Like this...

Tell the kids to keep the whole string on the table the whole time.  Holy cow- this is life changing!  No beads on the floor...no mess...no drama!  It was great!  

THE BIG DAY: My kids made badges so that everyone would know that it was our 100th day!

Just clip to a shirt with a paper clip.  So easy!

So after we had our 100-wear completed, it was on to fun activities.  For the first time ever, I set up four 100-themed stations for the kids to rotate through.  Their favorite was the 100 Cup Construction Zone.  I put out 100 red plastic cups and let them go.  Honestly, they could have played for hours.  

Another fun station was the 100 Pattern Blocks station.  I counted out 100 pattern blocks and let them create whatever they wanted.

I also had a 100 Unifix cube station, but I did not get a chance to take a picture.  The three previous stations needed no supervision whatsoever, but the fourth station did, and this is where I worked during the rotations.

This was my students' second favorite station.  Using paint daubers, the kids painted 10 dots at a time, and then switched colors.  This sheet is also in my 100th Day Freebie.

After all that fun, we were hungry.  Some students create a 100 snack and count out all 100 pieces, but not my class!  We actually ate the number 100.  And it was so YUMMY!

Just in case you don't know what this is, this is King Cake- a wonderfully yummy Louisiana delicacy  that is made during the Mardi Gras season.  Think huge cinnamon roll topped with icing and sometimes filled with cream cheese, or bavarian cream, or chocolate...getting hungry yet?  For my little ones, I chose plain King Cakes.  The zeros are two small King cakes, and the 1 is one side from a larger King Cake.  Let me just say that I brought home an empty sheet pan, and it was the perfect ending to "The Best Day Ever."

Most of the activities you see above are from my 100th Day Freebie Pack. Click on the picture below to download it.  

Since the 100th day is over, it's on to the next holiday- Valentine's Day!  My Valentine's Day Math Tub Activities and Games pack is up and ready to go in my TPT store.  Here's a sample of one of the activities included:

The students spread out the mailboxes on the floor.  They then solve each addition and subtraction fact and place it under the correct answer.  The facts are addition and subtraction facts up to 5.  The little felt mailbox is from Target and sadly not included in my packet.  

You can see it in my TPT store by clicking on the picture below.

Happy 100th Day, and Happy Valentine's Day!  Hopefully I will be back soon with both Valentine's and Mardi Gras fun!