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100 Days Smarter: 22 Activities to Celebrate the 100th Day of School in Any Learning Environment

100 Days Smarter: 22 Activities to Celebrate the 100th Day of School in Any Learning Environment

The 100th day of school is an exciting milestone for every elementary classroom. It signifies the halfway point of the year, when spring is around the corner and the finish line is coming into sight. More importantly, it’s a special opportunity for students to reflect on their hard work and celebrate all the progress they’ve made. You and your students know it’s been a school year unlike any other, and there’s a lot to celebrate for making it through these first 100 days!

Whether class occurs in a virtual, hybrid, or in-person setting, the 100th day of school can be an exciting event for your students. We’ve put together several of our favorite activities across all subject areas (plus some just-for-fun additions) to help you and your learners enjoy this special day.

Math

Basic numeracy skills are a critical component of math instruction in the early elementary years. The 100th day of class is a great opportunity to challenge your students. Here are a few sample activities:

  • Sing, move, dance, and count your way to 100 with these six YouTube videos.

  • Challenge your students to find hidden pictures by completing a printable Hundreds Chart.  This activity requires students to solve addition and subtraction problems, or for younger students, simply identify numbers.

  • Create a 100 days of school crown with your students using stickers and stamps to count to 100.

  • Let your students design their very own 100 days of school T-shirt to showcase on this special day. (Extra points if you participate, too!)

  • Get parents in on the fun with a 100th day of school collection activity. Simply have students collect 100 of a specific item at home (pennies, Legos, marbles, and small candies are all good options) and display them creatively. Here’s a parent letter and rubric for inspiration!

Reading

Below are several of the best read-aloud selections to incorporate into your celebrations:

  • Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day: Who doesn’t love Miss Bindergarten and all her kindergarten adventures? In this story, join her as she celebrates 100 days of school with her class. 

  • 100th Day Worries: This is a perfect option if you’re looking for a read-aloud to go with a collection project like the one introduced above. In 100th Day Worries, join Jessica as she contemplates different collection ideas, worrying about which is the right one to show her class.

  • I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words: The fun and clever cadence of this book makes it enjoyable for all. For classrooms meeting in person, try leaving this book out in a separate center and give students a chance to count 100 words (without counting ‘a’ more than once) and see if they can come up with 100 on their own!

  • 100 Snowmen: This seasonal read uses cumulative addition to count snowmen 1 to 100. Older children will enjoy the math problems included on each page, while younger students can practice counting the snowmen throughout their winter adventures in this tale.

  • One Hundred Hungry Ants: Join 100 ants as they march off to a picnic and discuss different ways to count to 100 as you go. A great cross-curricular read, this book illustrates math concepts such as division and multiplication in a way that is accessible for even your youngest students.


Writing

Test your students’ writing skills using these fun creative writing prompts, appropriate for elementary students of all ages:

  • Even your youngest learners can write their favorite sight words. Capture them on a digital or in-person class anchor chart with the following theme: “We can write 100 words!”

  • Use a fun aging app to capture your students at 100, and then challenge them to write on the topic: “If I were 100 years old…”

  • Try out a writing prompt that will excite your students (and promises to give you a little chuckle) by asking your learners to finish the sentence: “If I had $100 dollars...”

  • Incorporate a poetry lesson with this short 100th day poem. Spoiler alert: it’s not just about the 100th day of school—it also has exactly 100 letters!


Science

There are tons of fun STEM challenges that inspire critical thinking for your youngest learners. Many of these activities may be done at home with a little prep time. Incorporate 100 items, and suddenly, you have an awesome task that also fits the theme of the day! Check out these great examples:

  • Play a fun game of investigating inventions from 100 years ago while blending STEM and historical concepts using this interactive Google Slides template.

  • Make a clothespin fort. This simple engineering exercise asks students to find a way to fit 100 clothespins around the four sides of a box. Watch as your learners are forced to get creative when they quickly run out of room along the box’s perimeter.

  • Build a cup tower. Task your students with building the tallest tower or make it a speed challenge by timing your learners. See if anyone successfully uses 100 cups.

  • Get out the Legos. Take advantage of these versatile toys for a fun engineering challenge. Have your students select 100 Legos (if playing in class, divide them into groups if you don’t have enough for each student) then have each build a unique structure within a certain period of time. Give students the chance to show off their creations at the end!

  • Create Card Houses. Present students with the classic task of building a house of cards. This one may be best played in person. Divide students into small groups, give each group 100 playing cards, and see which team can create the card house capable of bearing the most weight.


Just for Fun

The 100th day of school isn’t just about putting skills into practice, but having fun and building your classroom community. Try incorporating a few of these activities and special surprises into your agenda to round out the celebration:

Looking for more ways to celebrate the 100th day of school? Check out Edmentum’s 100th Day of School Pinterest board.

 This post was originally published January 2018 and has been updated.

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Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.