Whatís all the fuss about the 100th day of school? What makes it worthy of
DGY, San Mateo
The 100th Day of School celebrations have become
very widespread around the United States. Depending on when your childís
school year began, this should be coming up within the next few weeks. I donít
know how or where they got started, but it is meritorious for several reasons:
- Children like big numbers, yet they donít often have a
grasp of their meaning. In my class we put a penny in a jar every day of
school, starting with the first day. Whenever we get ten pennies, we
exchange them for a dime. On the 100th day of school, we trade the ten dimes
for a dollar. In doing this, kids begin to have a sense of the meaning of
the number 100. We are making a previously abstract idea both concrete and
- Many teachers assign students to bring in and display 100
items. This is a project in which family members can work together by
deciding what will go to school, count them out, and find ways to display
- Kids begin to understand the concept of volume. After
all, 100 grains of rice take up a different amount of space than 100
marbles, beads, cookies, or baseball cards.
- Itís fun for kids to see the variations among the work of
all their classmates.
- Once we get the items contributed by each class member,
we practice counting by 100. In a class of twenty students, we reach 2,000,
and now everyone has a better sense of what 2,000 means.
- Many of these activities lay the foundation for the
understanding of multiplication, as children display 100 items in five rows
of twenty each, ten rows of ten each, or any other such variation.
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