Friday, February 19, 2016

100th Day of School!

We recently celebrated our 100th day of school!  Being that this is my first year in 5th grade, I didn't really know if the kids would still be interested in this.  But, I hung up my trusty "Days in School" sign in September and began the countdown.

Days in School sign by Tweet Resources

It wasn't until we started approaching the 90-day mark that I started to hear some chatter from my kiddos.  The sign is located on the whiteboard in the back of my room, by my classroom door.  This is where my kids line up as they're getting ready to go to their next class.  Lately I would hear comments like "We're half-way through."  or "Only 8 more days to go, guys!"  Then, the day before, I heard lots of gasping followed by comments like, "Tomorrow's the hundredth day!"

So I took my cue from their excitement and started to plan some 100th Day fun!  Naturally, I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration but I found many of the activities to be a bit "young" for my fifth graders...

Fifth graders are tricky because they're still "young" enough to enjoy the little things, but then there's the occasional one who's "too cool" for all of this.  So I knew I wanted to do something, but I also I knew I would have my work cut out for me.

So, during what seemed to be an endless search of pins, I came across this pin and it got the whole ball rolling!

Finally, the 100th day had arrived!  I came in early that day and got to work decorating my classroom door and entry way and setting their "100 Days Brighter" tags on their desks.

To my delight, I was greeted by surprised looks and smiling faces as my kiddos walked in that morning.  They were so happy to see the room decorated and the little tokens on their desks.  They put the glow bracelets on right away and started shouting out the color of their bracelets.

As the day went on, we did a few more activities.  We started off with a little Mad Lib-type of activity.  The kids really enjoyed doing this.

This activity courtesy of Teach With Me

Later, we took a quick brain break and did 100 exercise moves.  There's nothing better than watching a bunch of 10 and 11 year olds get out of their seats,  jump around and get to act like kids!

This activity courtesy of Ashlee Kelley Harper

We ended our 100th Day with an AWESOME activity from Runde's Room.  When I saw this, I just knew I had to do this with my kids.  It starts out with a really cute writing prompt about what their lives are like when they're 100 years old.  But the best part???  The picture that goes with their writing prompt!  She found an awesome app that "ages" the kids' pictures and produces a new photograph of them looking "old".  It's hysterical!  My kiddos had a blast looking at all of their "old" pictures.  And bonus - it makes an amazing bulletin board display!

This activity courtesy of Runde's Room

All in all, it was a great day.  I hope you found some of these activities useful.  How do you celebrate the 100th Day of School in your classroom?  I'd love to hear all about it in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!