10 Creative Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

Posted by Matt Berringer on December 18, 2015

100 Day Celebration Word CloudThe 100th day of school often takes on a holiday-like atmosphere, particularly in elementary schools. A day devoted to the number 100 can be a fun way for students to think differently about numbers, try a new craft, or challenge themselves to connect with the area in which they live. Here are 10 ideas for creative ways to celebrate:

  1. Age yourself. Let your students draw pictures of what they look like now and what they think they will look like at 100 years old. You can take it one step further by encouraging students, teachers, and administrators to dress up like centenarians for the day.
  2. Snack away. Celebrate with a 100-themed afternoon snack. Make a giant cookie by adding 100 chocolate chips to premade sugar cookie dough or help students make necklaces with 100 Cheerios.
  3. Move it. After all that snacking, get students up and moving by challenging them to run a 100-yard dash, keep a hula-hoop up for 100 seconds, or see who can be the first one to dribble a basketball 100 times in a row. For an easy in-classroom activity, have students complete 100 exercises by performing sets of 10 jumping jacks, hops, or spins.
  4. Get crafty. Have your students help create a classroom bulletin board with a collection of 100 items or a hallway banner with 100 painted handprints. Create a large structure using 100 items, such as 100 toothpicks and gumdrops or 100 disposable cups.
  5. Let them learn. Incorporate the number 100 into regular lesson plans. Flip a coin 100 times and record the results for a lesson about probability. Have the class count aloud together to 100 by twos, fives, and tens. Count out 100 ice cubes into a container and let students estimate how much liquid will fill the container once the ice melts. Break the class into groups and have each group race to create a list of 100 nouns, verbs, or adjectives.
  6. Make a game of it. Create a list of 100 new vocabulary words, divide the class into teams, and have them compete to see which team knows the meaning of the most words. Challenge students to write an entertaining poem or story using exactly 100 words and read the best ones aloud. Invite students to bring in collections of 100 items from home; the student with the lightest, heaviest, or smallest collection wins a prize.
  7. Have fun with it. Set up 100 cereal boxes like a row of dominoes and have the students knock them down. Take a picture with 100 students sitting in a 100-shaped formation. Compose a silly song for your students using 100 notes or 100 words.
  8. Learn the neighborhood. Use a map to plot a 100-mile radius around your school and talk about what is located at the most northern, eastern, western and southern points. Make a list of 100 places worth visiting in your city or state.
  9. Incorporate the past and the future. Research the history of a local park, attraction, or structure that is at least 100 years old. Task students with creating a timeline of their lives with 100 events or memories. Have students write a sentence, paragraph, or short story that begins with the line, “100 years from today…”
  10. Give back. Organize a cleanup day at a local park or neighborhood with a goal of filling 100 garbage bags. Have students make 100 cards to send to a local retirement home, hospital, or organization. As part of a penny drive, let students count the pennies into groups of 100 and then donate the money to a local charity. Collect 100 cans of food to donate to a local food bank.

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