Celebrating 100 days of school is a wonderful opportunity for acknowledging the passage of time, learning progress and a growing understanding of number. Children love a party and there can be nothing better than a celebration to increase their motivation and get them all involved.
As the school year in Australia consists of approximately 200 days, the 100th day occurs close to the half-way mark. While it is fun to count up to 100, it can also be fun to count back from 100 to know how many more school days remain in the year.
Celebrate 100 days
Several readilearn resources with lessons ready to teach support you and your students as you count up to and celebrate one hundred days, including:
Whether you’ve used it from the beginning of the year or not, the interactive digital resource Busy Bees 100 chart is great for all your usual number board activities and can be used to keep a count of how many days you’ve been at school. Simply display the resource on the whiteboard at the beginning of each day and move the bee to the next number. The chart also helps to develop a visual idea of what 100 objects look like.
Each of these next three resources can be accessed individually or through the Busy Bees 100 chart.
Busy Bees celebrate 100 days of school suggests ways of counting the days, and of celebrating when the 100th day arrives. Suggestions include: count and collage 100 items and decorate a cake with 100 candles. There are party suggestions and an original game to play.
The explanatory Celebrating 100 days of school – Letter to parents suggests items that may be suitable for children to bring in and count as part of the 100 days celebration. It is a Word document that can be personalised with your name and class before printing and distributing.
Collect 100 flowers for Busy Bee – a counting game reinforces understanding of numbers to 100. It involves children in taking turns, rolling a dice, making tallies, counting to 100, and adding or counting tallies. Played alone or with others, it is ideal as a maths group activity.
This week, I have also added a new resource to the collection that works beautifully with a 100 days celebration: 100 Ladybirds.
The lesson begins with 0 ladybirds on the screen and the numeral 0 in the top right-hand corner.
Children click on the leaf to add one ladybird to the screen.
As each ladybird is added, the total changes commensurately until the number reaches 100.
Other number resources
Depending on the ages and abilities of your students, you may also wish to use the following resources to teach an understanding of place value:
Beginning place value – the train game Success in maths is dependent upon a good understanding of number and our decimal number system. This resource describes a fun but effective way of ensuring that children develop an understanding of place value.
Race to 99 – A place value game for maths groups This sheet explains how to play a 2-digit place value game which is ideal for practice during maths groups.
Let’s read 2-digit numbers This interactive resource is designed for reviewing understanding of tens and ones in 2-digit numbers. Children observe the number of tens and ones and choose the correct 2-digit number from those presented.
Browse the Mathematics Number category for other resources useful in developing an understanding of number.
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