Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The 100th Day of School (Approximate)

Of course you'll have to use your own school calendar to determine the exact 100th day of school for your child or students! This day is used as a celebration to mark 100 days of learning, as well as to help younger students grasp the true concept of how much 100 really is. A few reviews for today as well as a handful of "100th Day" activities!

Cuyler, Margery.
100th Day Worries.
Aladdin Paperbacks.

Ages: 5-7
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Guided Reading Level: L


Jessica worries - about everything! And her latest school project is no exception to her worrying even though it should be a fun, worry-free project! The 100th day of school is fast approaching and Jessica's teacher has asked all of the students to bring in a collection of 100 items. Jessica begins to worry as she tries to sleep at night... then her classmates begin bringing in their projects.

  • 5 bags of 20 peanuts
  • 10 stacks of 10 paper clips
  • 4 bags of 25 peppermints
By Friday morning, the 100th day of school, Jessica still doesn't have her project completed but her family quickly tries to help.
  • Dad finds 10 ribbons in a kitchen drawer
  • Mom found 10 screws in a basement jar
  • Tom gave 10 rocket shaped erasers from his collection
  • Laura provided 10 beads from a broken necklace
  • Dad finds 10 buttons from his shirt drawer
  • Mom found 20 coins (10 pennies, 10 dimes) from her change purse
  • Laura gave 10 barettes
  • Tom got 10 rocks from Iggy's aquarium
But the bus quickly arrives and Jessica is 10 items short from her collection of 100! However, an unexpected surprise in her lunchbox provides her with the 10 items that she is short and she can soon turn in her project - 100 Bits of Love!

This story would be a great read-aloud before assigning children the same project - finding a collection of 100 items to share for the 100th day of school!

Slate, Joseph.
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten.
Dutton Children's Books.

Ages: 4-8
Genre: Fiction
Guided Reading Level: J


Teachers! If you are looking for activities to complete with students for the 100th day of school, look no further! A snack idea is provided, along with tally mark hats! The book also would give students a wonderful variety of "100 collections" that they could bring in to share with classmates! The text is simple, the illustrations colorful and captivating and students will certainly love the variety of animal "students" in Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten.

Wing, Natasha.
The Night Before the 100th Day of School.
Grossett and Dunlap: New York, NY.

Ages: 4-8
Genre: Fiction, 100th Day of School
Guided Reading Level: N/A


A little boy can't decide what to bring to school as a collection of 100 for the 100th day of school. His classmates are bringing 100 photos, 100 jelly beans, 100 cars, 100 pencils... but when he breaks out his own collections he falls short every which way - he's short 51 dinosaurs, he doesn't have enough coins... as he goes to bed the night before the 100th day, in true "the night before" fashion, he dreams...

That night while I nestled all snug in my bed,
visions of ants, ants, and more ants,
danced in my head.

He finally knows what he'll bring for his collection and does he sure attract attention! This story ends with a great adventure that will surely have readers chuckling!

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style='clear: both;' Natasha Wing said...

Thank you for including my book, The Night Before the 100th Day of School, in your review. All of these books have great ideas for what to bring to celebrate 100.