Tuesday, February 12, 2013

100th Day of School

Thank you so much, first grade families for helping your children with the 100 count collections for our 100th day of school!  The children did a marvelous job writing clues with your support at home.  Many of the clues were quite challenging, but the children did a great job of using the clues to make good guesses about the mystery collections.  Once again, I was amazed by the creativity of the students (and parents!) in this classroom. 


The highlight of the day was an estimation activity!  The children were asked, "What can I do in 100 seconds?"  They estimated the number of times for the following timed activities:  

How many times can you clap your hands?  
How many times can you say the alphabet?  
How many times can you hop up and down?
How many times can you write your name?
How many times can you stand and sit?
How many times can you count to ten?
How many times can you blink your eyes?

You can see from their expressions in the pictures below, some of the activities required intense concentration. :)

Before our exciting day ended, we used a pan balance to discover whose collection weighed the least and most.  The children were surprised to discover the two Lego collections, which looked almost identical, were not the same weight.  It didn't take long for an astute first grader to observe the differences between the two water bottle containers.

Great job, first graders!  You really are 100 days smarter!


In these pictures, the children were discovering the most efficient way to paint 100 dots...





Everyone decorated 100 Day Crowns!


I gave the children a baggie with a piece of licorice, a SMARTIE and a Candy Heart, and they used the goodies to make 100, before they gobbled the candies up.  


The kiddos recorded their estimates on this worksheet before the activities began.  (The worksheet was shared by a colleague, and found via Pinterest, I believe.  I'm sorry I don't know to whom to give the credit for this awesome activity!)



"How many times can you blink in 100 seconds?"


How many times can you clap your hands in 100 seconds?


How many times can you count to 10 in 100 seconds?


How many times can you say the alphabet in 100 seconds?

How many times can you write your name in 100 seconds?


And some other 100 Day Activities~


I can read and write 100 words!

We created a class book titled, "My Favorite Thing About the First 100 Days of School!"



The children worked in groups of 3 - 4 to share clues about their 100 count collections.





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