Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hundredth Day, Hooray!

Today was the much anticipated 100th day of school. We started out by entering our room with this cool fringy banner I made out of butcher paper. :0)  As students entered the room a cute 100th day crown  from Oriental Trading Co. was on their desk waiting for them. I also put out a coloring sheet for everyone to do as they settled in for the day. I bought their crowns over the summer and it looks like OTC doesn't carry them anymore. They were really cool and had adjustable velcro closures. Can you say NO STAPLING?! YES!

During Math time we worked on sorting cereal into 10's frames by color, and then stringing the cereal onto pieces of yarn. My teacher's aide prepped the yarn by tying a fruit loop on one end so the cereal wouldn't slide off. We also put a piece of masking tape on the other end so it was hard (like a shoelace) making threading easier. This took about 40 minutes, but the students were super engaged and having fun. Not many students had time to string all 100 pieces of cereal, but they didn't care. As we worked we reviewed counting by 10s. I  allowed students to munch and work at the same time - some of the fruit loop holes were clogged with sugar so I told the students those were the ones they could eat as they worked. They were super happy!

Below you can see my students working away on their sorting. The sorting paper came from my math curriculum (Bridges) from the Math Learning Center. We saved our sorting paper and then re-used them during "snack" time. We made 100's day trail mix, thanks to a fabulous friend/parent-volunteer who brought in TONS of mini munchies for the kids. They had yogurt covered raisins, craisins, peanuts, oyster crackers, mini-chocolate chips, pretzels, sesame crackers, and cereal. During snack the students counted out their 100 (or less...) pieces of food and then enjoyed! Fun!

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