## 100 Day Ideas: Celebrating With Ants

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Ant-icipating 100 Day!
• To get your students “wiggles” out and to introduce these activities, tell them they need to wiggle the ants out of their pants for 100 seconds.
• Put on some jazzy music and have them get those ants out while you watch the clock.

Click on the link for a You Tube video of a teenager dancing to a remix of The Ants Go Marching  for the perfect music to jump and wiggle to.

• Later, using a black marker, have students make 10 ant dots in each pocket or patch on the blue jeans for a total of 100 ants on their pants.
• Read Elinor J. Pinczes’ book, One Hundred Hungry Ants. {amazonWS:itemId=0395971233}
• Have your students march down the hall 1-by-1, 2-by-2, 3-by-3, 5-by-5 and finally 10-by-10.
• Ask for their predictions of which way they think will take the longest, shortest or be the easiest or most fun?
• Time how long it takes them.
• A fun song to sing while they accomplish this feat is, “The Ants Go Marching”

You Tube video #1 has this song up to the #3 with really catchy music; I wish they would have done the entire song instead of only 1 minutes worth. Click on the link to check it out.

You Tube video #2 goes through the #5 with children at a playground marching. Count by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 10’s to whatever number your students are able.

•  Inform your students that eating insects is a delicacy in some countries and that even here in the United States some people eat chocolate covered ants!
•  Graph the question: Would you eat a chocolate covered ant?
• Pass out a name label to each of your students.
•  Using raisins, have them guesstimate how long they think a line of raisin ants will be, and have them put their name label on the floor.
•  Give each student 5 raisins (if you have 20 in your class) and have them begin to lay them down in a line.
•  The student that comes closest to where the 100th raisin ant ended, receives my certificate or whatever you deem appropriate.
•  Pass out the Trace & Write ant worksheets and have students complete them with a variety of colored markers.
•  I’ve also included number cards by 10’s and 5’s that they can trace, cut, and sequence and then turn into Itty Bitty Books.
•  You could also make these into memory match games by printing sets on different colors and having students play with a partner or in a group of 3.
• There’s also a Secret Code 100’s chart for them to figure out the picture by coloring in the appropriate numbers.
• At the end of the day give them an "I survived 100 Day! badge to wear home.
• You could turn these into necklaces by punching a hole in either corner, putting a piece of yarn through and having students string some pony beads on either end.I also have certificates of participation for everyone.

I hope your 100 Day celebration is more fun than a summer picnic, simply fANTastic! Thank you for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN anything that you think others may find helpful.

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