We started with the morning with a one-hour delay! On a day where every moment is packed, we started behind – yikes - but it turned out so great! It was a fantastic 100th Day, so much fun, and the kids loved it. Morning work from my 100th Day Pack (free) started us off and was fairly challenging for our friends. It reviewed synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, and adjectives!
Then, we transitioned into our normal writer’s workshop. This Monday is our school-wide showcase and are personal narratives are very much still in the editing phase! We can do it, we can do it, we can do it J
After rocking out some writing, we read 100th Day Worries as a read-aloud – so cute! It seems like most of the 100th Day books follow the same theme (i.e. bringing in 100 items) but this book was a bit more developed and had a small twist to it! The kids enjoyed it, and it was a great intro into the 100 things they brought in brown paper bags. From nails to pennies, it was a fairly typical mix of 100 items. It was really fun to listen to the clues (i.e. Your hands smell after touching them (pennies). They are big and small (pasta).) One little friend made it through ALL 3 clues before realizing he had mixed his clues up with a friend….”Wait, they aren't round. Or colorful!” hilarious J
We did 100th Day stations that included age-progression photos (using Old Fart Booth). Like Kim at The VeryBusy First Graders, I took the kids photos without telling them the reason. Then, this morning, I showed them my photo and my cooperate teacher’s photo – they DIED! With my most serious face, I handed out the photos foraying our friends from touching them. On the count of 3, they turned them over. It was hysterical. They were laughing and screaming and comparing photos. It was wonderful and something I will definitely do again. Plus, we got some hilarious writings out of our friends. Some of the kids named their future children, some are working at Hobby Lobby, and some are going fishing J
During centers we also did a Write the Room to record 100 words! Only 1 friend actually finished but we WILL follow-up tomorrow. When I introduced the activity, they all shouted "We can’t do that!”…I WILL prove them wrong J We also made, by table group, a ‘nimble plate’ that included 100 snacks. It is always fun to watch students realize how much 100 really is.
After lunch, our friends created paper chains by table groups (Note – this was totally not my idea and my cooperating teacher gets all the credit and glory…because the chains were awesome). Each group received 20 strips of paper and very little instruction. It was up to each group to come up with a plan to connect the chains. Teamwork at its finest. We took pictures of each group before linking all 100 chains. This afternoon, my CT and I draped the 100-link chain from the ceiling. It spans the entire length of the classroom and looks great! I cannot wait for our friends to see it tomorrow J
To finish out our day, we completed some 100th Day challenges learning how LOOONG 100 seconds can actually be! We went apple picking, did some joke-telling, and the kids love it. So much fun!
Wow! Well, my first 100th Day was a success. It was so exciting and jam-packed and exhausting J After seeing it once, I have so many ideas for future years. Something I definitely want to do when I have my own classroom is set up a 100 bulletin board beginning the 1st Day of School – so cool to ‘see’ what you are learning over the course of a year! Have you ever done this?
Well, I’m listening to Aida, it’s almost the Triumphal March, and I just finished my Making Connections While Reading pack, so I am headed out! Best wishes for a wonderful Friday.