Monday, January 20, 2014

100th Day of Kindergarten

The 100th day of Kindergarten is this Friday for our school! This is an especially fun day when we get to explore the number 100. Have a long list of activities (not sure if I can get them all done...) and we will be learning all day long.

-I begin the day with the story Miss Bindergarten and the 100th Day of Kindergarten.
-We will think about how much 100 really is. We will sing the 100 counting song and look at the 100 chart I have posted in the classroom. We will talk about what kinds of things we could want 100 of and make a list. Students will transfer this to their journal writing that we do each morning.

-We will talk about counting to 100 by 10s and how much faster it is to count by 10s, or skip count. We will do a dot-to-dot by 10s.

-We will then start our first craft of the day! When I am 100 years old....
This is a fun craft where students get to make their 100 year old face. We talk about wrinkles and white hair and glasses. We also finish the sentence "When I am 100 years old I will_______________." Students can make up their own ending. Grab the activity here.

-We will have a 100 snack before recess. (Many classes do the trail mix thing, but I get very frustrated with that much stuff around.) We make a 100 out of a pretzel rod and two mini donuts.

-After lunch we will go on our 100 Hershey Kisses Hunt!! This is always a big hit, year after year. Before the 100th day, write numbers 1-100 on the bottom of 100 Hershey Kisses with a Sharpie. (Yes, this seems like it would take forever, but I accomplish this in about 5 min, so it is not as hard as it seems.) Before my students come in from lunch on the 100th day I hide the Kisses around the room. Students find the Kisses (like an Easter Egg Hunt) and match the number on the bottom to the number on my 100 chart. I remove the 100 chart from the wall and lay it flat in the table so students can put the Kisses on top of it. Of course, there are rules.
1. No running.
2. No screaming.
3. You can only bring 1 Hershey Kiss to the chart at a time (to stop those kids that will grab as many as they can right away. This give everyone a fair chance to participate.)
4. No eating!!
If students cannot follow the rules they must sit out. (Yes, it happens.) We find all 100 and then divide them up between the class. Students are always surprised when they only get 4! 

-We make the Fruit Loop necklace....I am never satisfied that they all have 100 fruit loops, but oh well.
-We will paint 100 gumballs in our gumball machine (a super cute idea from Apples and ABCs.)
-The last activity for the day is doing 100 exercises. We have help from the 5th grade on this one. One 5th grade class comes up with 100 exercises to do with a group of Kinders. They teach them the exercises and they do it together. Not only does it get the Kinders moving, but it is an excellent math lesson for the 5th graders.

When I go home, I will be exhausted!!


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