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100-Day Bulletin Board Ideas    

100 Day is coming up and it’s nice to have a bulletin board up a few days before your celebration, or to do on your 100th Day.  Here are a few ideas that I dreamed up, that I thought you might enjoy doing with your students.  For your convenience, click on the 100 Day Bulletin Board templates at the end to view/print them.

 100 Day bulletin board ideas, ideas and activities for 100 DayHappy 100 Day To Us! (Sung to the tune of Happy Birthday.)

  • Using an overhead projector, enlarge my picture of a birthday cake, so that it is large enough to hold 100 candles if you want it to, or at least take up the center of your b. board.
  • Use light brown paper for a chocolate cake, light yellow for a lemon cake, or  pink for a strawberry cake.  (The top is white for the frosting.)
  • Cut multi-colored strips of construction paper for the candles.
  • Brainstorm with your students all of the things they have learned in the past 100 Days.
  • Write these on the board.
  • Have children choose a DIFFERENT thing that they have learned (cross them out as they choose) and write it on their candle.
  • Pre-cut candle flames.
  • Make a copy of your class composite photo and cut your student’s individual pictures into ovals.
  • Give children a flame to glue on top of their candle.
  • Have them glue their photo to the middle of the flame.
  • Children help color the bottom of the cake, or you can decorate it with cut out scraps of construction paper, glitter, etc.
  • To give the frosting a real 3-D textured effect, mix equal parts Elmer’s glue with non-menthol shaving cream and whip together.
  • Have students help you frost the top of the cake with Popsicle sticks.
  • (Call a few to your workspace at a time to give them a turn.)
  • This needs to dry 24 hours so plan ahead.
  • Insert the candles into the frosting.
  • For the caption, die cut letters using an Ellison die-cut machine.
  • Black letters stand out, but you could also make each word a color of the rainbow, to make your b. board more colorful.  I also die-cut musical notes.  “Happy 100 Day to us, Happy 100 Day to us, Happy 100 Day to us, Look at that we’ve learned!”

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We’ve Rocketed Our Way To 100 Day!

  • Run off the triangular-rocket top master on a variety of colored construction paper.
  • Print a copy of your class composite on the photo setting of your copier.
  • Cut each student’s photo into an oval.
  • Students choose a color and cut out their rocket top.
  • Give each student a toilet paper roll to wrap with aluminum foil.
  • Students glue their rocket top to the top of their t.p. roll.
  • Using a black marker, students write their name at the end of their rocket. This is a bit difficult, so teachers might want to do this for uniformity.
  • Students cut some red, orange and yellow (fire) strips and glue them to the inside of the end of their rocket so that it looks like they have fire shooting out of it.
  • Hang up a navy blue background on your b. board.
  • Sprinkle on some yellow stars. (You could die-cut 100 and write all of the numbers on them if you have the time.)
  • Cut rainbow-colored letters from an Ellison die-cut machine that say: “We’ve Rocketed Our Way To 100 Day!
  • Use thumbtacks, tacked inside the t.p. rolls to hang them on your b. board.
  • You could add a moon in the corner and make it 3-D by gently scrunching up white tissue paper.
  • Add a bit more pizzazz by dangling pictures of the planets from the ceiling, hung with fish line so they seem to float just above your bulletin board.

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 Learning Is “Snow” Much Fun!

  • Buy some snowflake bulletin board boarder so that you have 100 snowflakes.
  • Cut them apart and number them 1-100.
  • Staple them around your bulletin board as a boarder.
  • Make a copy of your class composite on the photo setting of your copier.
  • Cut each student’s photo into an oval.
  • Enlarge your student’s photo so that it fits in the middle of a coffee-filter size snowflake.
  • Pre-fold coffee filters, or demonstrate how to do this with your students.
  • Children cut out shapes to make a snowflake.
  • Students glue their photo in the middle of their snowflake.
  •   Brainstorm with your students about all of the things they learned in the past 100 days of school.
  • Write these on the board.
  • Have students decide which was their favorite thing that they learned.
  • Have students cut out red construction paper hearts  and have each student write what their favorite thing was that they learned in the past 100 days of school, and copy it from the board onto their red heart.
  • Students glue one corner of their red heart somewhere on their snowflake.
  • Cover the bulletin board with light or dark blue paper.
  • Die cut black letters from an Ellison die-cut machine. Your caption will say: Learning is “snow” much fun!
  • Make a large white snowball for the center of your board.  Type up the list of things you’ve learned on a white sheet of paper and staple it to the middle of your snowball.
  • Write or type a caption that goes around the top of the snowball that says:  “Look what we’ve learned in 100 Days!”
  • Staple your students’ snowflakes around the snowball so that they fill up the entire bulletin board.
  • You can add a bit more interest by hanging plastic, foam, 3-D tissue, or larger tag board snowflakes from the ceiling so they dangle and twirl in the air.   Hang them from fish line so they seem to float just above your board.

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Look Whooooooo’s 100 Days Wiser! What’s your favorite thing that you’ve learned?

  • Run off copies of the owl on appropriate-colored construction paper.
  • Have students cut out their pieces and glue them together.
  • They look cute if you can add wiggle eyes.
  • I have my students attach the wings with brass brads for an extra bit of pizzazz.  They can also be glued on if you want to expedite things.
  • Brain storm with students what things they learned in the past 100 days.
  • Write them on the board.
  • Children write their name on the owl’s tummy.
  • Hang up a light blue paper for the background of your b. board.
  • Make a partial drawing of a tree trunk on brown paper, cut it out and staple it on the right side of the board.  Cut slimmer pieces of brown paper to look like branches and staple them to the tree.
  • Hang your student owls on the branches.
  • Cut your caption letters from an Ellison die-cut machine: Look Whoooooo’s 100 Days Wiser!
  • You could have your students glue their photo on the heart if you’d like to make things more personal, and add a bit of pizzazz.

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We’re Writing Away On 100 Day!

  • Cut this caption out on an Ellison die-cut machine, and staple it onto a bright yellow sheet of b. board background paper.
  • Have your students do any of the writing prompts for 100 Day.  Click on the link for February Writing ArticleScroll down the page 'til you get to 100 Day Class Book ideas, then click on that link to view/print those pages. 
  • Have students glue their papers on a rainbow-colored assortment of construction paper and staple them to the bulletin board.
  • Another writing prompt I gave in the 100 Day Idea Article was: I’d walk 100 miles for… If you’d like to do this as a bulletin board, trace your students foot, with their shoe on, have them cut it out, make a copy of their school photo and glue that to their shoe and then write their name on the shoe with a white crayon.  Use the footprints as the border for your b. board.  Hang their writing pages up as explained above.  The other writing prompt you can do is…If I had 100 dollars I would buy… use the 100 dollar bill template, enlarge copies of your student’s photo and have them glue it to the center of this big bill. Display these as your border.  Display their papers on the construction paper as explained above. 

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 A Valentine 100 Day B. Board:

  • Since Valentine’s Day is on the heels of most of our 100 Day celebrations you could have your students cut out 100 paper hearts in a rainbow-colored assortment of construction paper in different sizes.
  • Buy a valentine heart border and cut the hearts apart so that you have 100.
  • The student-made hearts can be stapled kitty wampus all over the rest of the b. board.
  • On a huge heart in the middle write or type the caption: We’ve LOVED learning these past 100 days.

  • Run off the heart template on red construction paper.
  • Make a copy of your class composite on the photo setting of your copier.
  • Cut each child’s pix out.
  • Have children glue their photo to the corner, next to the “I”.
  • Have them trace the dashed lines and then complete the sentence.

Miscellaneous Ideas:

100 Day Collection Poster: This poster idea can be found in the 100 Day Idea Article.

How I Might Look If I Live To Be 100! Also in this article is a picture of me as 100-year-old "Granny".  A bit scary, but my students enjoy listening to her read a 100 Day story after they have made a drawing of themselves when they're as old as she is! This makes for an adorable b. board.  You can include your students' current school pix with a "before" caption, next to their "oldie-but-goodie" "later" picture.  The template for this is also in the 100 Day Idea Article.

Hunter the 100 Day Hound: This adorable puppy game/activity makes a cute bulletin board after its complete and can be found in the 100 Day Idea Article.  You can write the numbers 1-100 on the sticker dots if you want.

Working Harder To Be 100 Days Smarter: Enlarge your students’ school pix, have them glue them to a rainbow-colored assortment of hearts. Cut out this caption from an Ellison die-cut machine.  Have students glue the corner of their heart to the “Things I’ve learned in 100 days” scroll found in the packet in the above 100 Day Article.

 Whatever you're planning for your 100th Day clebration, I hope you have 100's of great moments, filled with wonderful lessons worthy to display on a bulletin board!

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 Our 100 Day Celebration:  From Start To Finish

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If you're looking for activities to do for your 100th Day of school, you've come to the right Blog!  You can click on the FREE 100 Day 78-page unit at the end of the article to view/print the 100 Day activities that follow. 

Come step into my classroom and teach with me for 100 Day with Mrs. H and her Y5's.  This is a big article so I've broken it up into several parts.

Here's what I do for my 100th Day of school from start to finish: Hopefully you'll get some new ideas to help celebrate your special day!

BEFORE HAND: To prepare, buy some Smartie candies at The Dollar Store.  One of my themes for the day is that my students are 100 Days Smarter!  These are a sweet treat for them, match the theme of the day, melt quickly and are inexpensive.

100 Day Decorations:

A quick door decoration for your students to walk through on 100 Day is to measure a sheet of bulletin board paper the width of your door and the height of your students. Write Happy 100 Day on it with thick marker.  Hang it at the top of your door with the writing facing out.  Starting at the bottom, cut slashes of streamers up to the top so that they can walk through them.  I tell my students not to pull on the streamers or they'll make them come down. 

Things we have done all year long to get to this day:

We have a magnetic apple tree poster and have placed a numbered apple on it as part of our Morning Message.  So it's a big deal to finally place the 100th apple on the tree.  We quickly count these by 10's to 100.

We've also kept track of 100 days by coloring in a gumball on our gumball poster as part of our calendar time.  To celebrate this, everyone has a penny on their desk and when they are done with their Table Top lesson they get to put it in my real gumball machine and get a piece of bubble gum to chew on 'til we are done with centers, then into the trash can it must go.

In the hallway chugging around the bottom of the wall is our 100-car choo-choo train.  It was a nice way of keeping my students occupied while we waited for people to use the bathroom.  I made an engine and a caboose.  The rest of the cars were shapes.  I used the colors of the rainbow.  The star student of the day would get to write the number on it, and tell me what color and shape would be the pattern for the new car, then they'd hang it up with poster putty.  While we waited for children to finish up in the bathroom I could ask all sorts of "I spy" or prediction questions using the train.  Writing 100 on the caboose and adding it to our train was an exciting thing for my students.  The children guessed how many yard sticks long our train would be and then we measured it.  I laminated these pieces and a room helper erased the numbers with a Mr. Clean sponge so I could use them every year.  The train also fit my "Little Engine That Could" theme of "I know you can do it!" because you are "Can-Do Kids!" I truly believe that a positive attitude is "everything" and I try extremely hard all year to promote that and build self-esteem.  The train is a daily reminder of that philosophy.

Anyone who can count to 100 by 10's on this last day of assessments gets a little bottle of bubbles.  Certificates will be awarded along with the bubbles.  One of our stories during story time will be about bubbles, at which time they will get to pop open the bubbles and blow away.  Hopefully we'll be able to make 100 bubbles.  Some of our Table Top and center lessons revolve around the theme of bubbles and bubble gum because of these things.

We've had a small 100-piece puzzle (I've numbered the pieces so we can easily put this together) on the windowsill, that we've put a piece on each day and can now complete it.

I have an index card flip book that sits in our chalk sill that we flip a numbered card over each day as we count up to 100 Day.  This is the final flipped card! We will also be turning over our last number on the 100-numbered pocket chart.  I point to this chart to count by 5's to 100, because I make those numbers in a different color for that day.

 100 Day Homework:

For homework, I send a small baggie home with a note that explains that they are to bring 5 small things in that are appropriate for gluing to our 100 Day poster.  (I have 20 students so it's easy to do the math for this.) When they bring their baggie back, I call them up to the table and they squirt a dab of glue anywhere they want on our big 100 number and glue their "things" down.  This poster has to dry over night and then we hang our collage of 100 things in the hallway.  To make one, just make the number 100 in bubble letters on a piece of tag board and send my note home to parents a few days before 100 Day.  I also pin a reminder on any child who hasn't brought a bag in before hand.

100_booksWhen I taught 1st grade I sent a note home 2 weeks before, along with a little 100 day journal, that explained I wanted them to bring back this booklet on 100 Day, with 100 words written in it (10 each day). These could be any new words that they wanted to learn and then to have their favorite one ready to share with their classmates.

I have a secret number that I hide behind a big question mark; today's number is 100.  Everyone has guessed it correctly every year! I trick them a little bit, before I flip the card over and show them that they are correct, because I write it as a Roman numeral, which leads us into a discussion of different ways to write one hundred. 

A Fun Way To Count To 100:

It's 100 Day so of course we have to count to 100.  That can be pretty tedious for a bunch of 5-year-old's.  I make it extra fun by stacking a pile of books! Here's a picture of a stack of 100 books taken in our library.  I have a zillion books in my personal collection, so building a stack in my room and counting them as we go is no problem and lots of fun for my students.  I have 20 students in my class so they each get to hold 5 books and take turns putting one on the pile.  We make one huge pile and count as we go.  Today is a very fun filled math day. As you can see by the other examples I have them counting to 100 several different ways through out the day.


 100 Day Table Top Activities:

I start the day with Table Top lessons.  Today I have a packet on their desk that's entirely themed around 100 Day. 

To make that a bit more fun, the first few sheets are "Speed!" games.  I design these so that my Y5's get used to things being timed, as they'll have to take timed quizzes and tests in the future, as well as do "mad-minute" math and be expected to finish and accomplish tasks in a certain amount of time.  I want to get them used to that in a fun way so they won't have anxiety in later grades and "Speed" does the trick.

I've provided my 100 Day Table Top-skill sheet packet in the templates.  The 1st few pages are the "Speed" games that we do as a whole group.  I say: "Read-Set-100 Day!" and then they begin that paper.  The 1st one done, shoots up their hand and I check to make sure they've got the answers correct.  I allow 100 seconds for these papers.  Everyone gets a 100 Day sticker or stamp on these pages; the child who is the 1st one done with the correct answers, gets a Smartie.  I staple this packet together and they put their name on it.  If you don't want to use it as a table top booklet, you can use the cover as a coloring page, or make it into a different skill sheet by writing addition or subtraction equations etc. on it.  Pick and choose the pages that work for you.

From Table Top they independently transition to Centers.

    mask 100 Day Centers:

    I run slap bracelets off on yellow construction paper, laminate the sheets, cut them out on a paper cutter, and then have my students trace the "Happy 100-Day", then I slap the bracelet on them and tape it on their wrist.  If you don't want to use them as a bracelet, they make a nice bookmark for older students.

    I have a variety of centers set up for them on long tables and TV trays that I put up for special occasions like today.  If you don't have TV trays you may want to look for some at garage sales.  They are perfect for centers as they can fit in a small space,  are just the right size for little people,  set up in a flash and are easy to store.  If I haven't purchased 100 Day glasses for my kids, or made them on an Ellison die-cut machine, we make the paper plate mask listed in my Arts/Crafts & Activities side blog as one of the centers. There's also a shape mask in this packet if you'd like to reinforce shapes as well.  This one's a bit more colorful.  I like to nail as many report card standards as possible with any given project,  so this one hits colors (I teach English and Spanish) as well as shapes, so I usually opt to do this one.  I have a room helper pre-cut the shapes to expedite things, but older students have no problems whipping through the cutting.

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     100 Day Art Projects:

    For fun and quick art projects you can make the toilet paper roll 100 Day Fireworks, A Rip and Tear 100, or The 100 Day Heart Dangler.  I choose one option and have the supplies laying out for them.  If you want to have some decorations up for this day, you could do the Rip and Tear 100 or the Dangler the day before and then decorate the room for your celebration.  The Reinforcement Banner would be cute for this purpose as well.  My favorite is the Rip and tear 100. 

    I cut rainbow-colored strips so I can reinforce the basic colors as stated above, plus a rainbow pattern.  Each student needs only one set of strips to complete the picture.  They turn out really colorful and my students enjoy making them.  Have your students tear 3 strips at a time (if they can) with the red on top, followed by the orange and yellow.

    Then a second set of Green, Blue, and Purple.  I have my strips in order when I cut them on the paper cutter, and lay them out in sets for my students to grab.  After they rip off a "square" section they should lay the entire color pattern group in one little pile (ROYGBP) so they won't get confused as to the order they need to glue them on. (They will have many little piles of 6 square-like torn pieces.  They won't use them all.) I have them RUB a stripe of glue down a section of the number one and then begin sticking their color group onto the number.  Then they make another glue stripe and stick another set of colors down.  If they do it this way, they should be done with the entire project in about 6 minutes.

    The slap bracelets are also a center at a TV tray and tucked in a long plastic organizational basket people buy to put in drawers.  They are perfect for keeping my centers neat and keeping my students focused and organized when they work at them.  They can also add a flat-backed jewel to their slap bracelet adhering it with a glue dot.  I also have metallic heart stickers available if they'd like to put two of those on their bracelet on top of the zeros.100 Day Ideas, 100 Day Activities, 100 Day Celebration, 100 Days of school

    Because our 100 Day is right on the heels of Valentine's Day I thought it would be appropriate for them to make a valentine that said "I love you!" in 100 different languages.  I went online and found out how you do that.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be thanks to the site listed below.  Run off the master on red construction paper and have the children cut it out.  To save time, and because they can't be run off, pre-cut larger black hearts and have them glue the red heart onto the black heart.  Run off the 100 "I love you!" list, pre-cut it so that it will fit on the hearts. 

    Students glue the list to the red heart.  Run off the poem + the "I love you so much!" Happy 100 Day from your smart ____________.  Have them cut it out, glue it on the back of the heart and fill in kindergartner, first grader etc. in the blank and then sign their name.  I punch holes on either side of the hearts and tie with a yarn bow.  Thanks to this website where I found thr list:

    Students also make a 100 Day Star necklace by simply stringing cut up neon or rainbow-colored straws on a piece of lacing plastic.  Older students can string 100 pieces and separate each set of 10 with a pony bead. Run off the stars, laminate, and cut them out. Attach a tiny safety pin to the top of the star.  When they are done stringing their necklace clip the star to the center of their necklace.

    My students also make a 100 Day Crown, and a "This is how I will look when I'm 100-years-Old" face and then run it through Mr. Cruncher Muncher. Mr. Cruncher Muncher is a crinkling tool I bought at a craft store.  It's simply a roller.  When you insert a sheet of paper and crank the knob it churns out the sheet looking like a piece of corrugated cardboard.  It's a great fine motor skill for my students.  I do a crinkled "something" each month.  Putting a flesh-toned oval in the machine provides "instant wrinkles" and a great affect for 100 Day project that my students really enjoy.  

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     Dressing Up For 100 Day:

    I often thought it would be fun for students to dress up as 100-year-old people for 100 Day.  I dress up in the afternoon as a surprise guest speaker.  I ask them the day before if they would like my granny to come visit and read a story to them.  I explain that she just turned 100 in summer so she lives in a retirement home, but I could go pick her up.  They are all excited.  I remind them that she is very old and some people say she looks like a witch so please do not make fun of her. 

    They promise to be on their best behavior.   I dress up in one of my Victorian tea dresses while they are at lunch, complete with a gray wig and old lady mask.   One of my room helpers is there to bring my students in and I'm sitting in our reading rocking chair and welcome them with my crackling old lady voice.  You can hear a pin drop. 

    A few ask if it's me, but they are all about the wonder and imagination of it and play along so we have fun reading a 100 Day story.  After the story, I ask if I can use their bathroom, change in a minute and pop back out as me.  To my surprise they are so excited to tell me about granny and ask me where she went! Their comments are quite hilarious.

     100 Day Play Money:

    One of their favorite centers is the play money.  They find their sheet with their picture in the center of the 100 Dollar bills and are absolutely thrilled!  They cut out their money, keep one of their bills and then exchange the others with friends so they have an assortment of money with their classmate's pictures! 

    I simply made a copy of a real 100 Dollar bill on my printer, shrunk it down, made a master of a set of 100 dollar mini-bills, made a copy of my class composite, cut those pictures into ovals, glued them to the center of the mini bills and ran off a set for each child on green copy paper.   It takes a bit of time, but they are so surprised and excited when they go to this center that it's definitely worth it.  My students also need lots of cutting practice, and when they get to do this activity they enjoy it, so they don't mind cutting out their own money.  They also really enjoy choosing which friends they will exchange their money with. 

    I print off enough of my own money so that I can give each of my students a Mrs. Henderson 100 Dollar Bill.  I make an extra copy of theirs and hang it up on a 100 Day bulletin board with the Caption: We Are Rich With Education And 100 Days Smarter! Look What We've Learned So Far: I post our 100 day glasses on the corner of our paper of what we learned. (This scrolled sheet is an activity you can also print out for your students.)

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    Great Fine Motor Skill Fun:

    At another center they bingo dot a 100.  This was in my Subscription member's Free February Newsletter-Packet.  Check it out by clicking on the link and scrolling to the bottom of the article. Click on the February Apple Bytes Packet

    I can't link you directly to it, because if you're not registered on our site the monthly packets are invisible on the shopping cart.  This bingo dot center is also one of their favorite centers.  For some reason my Y5's LOVE bingo dabbing and it's a great fine motor skill where I can incorporate patterning.

    Another fun fine motor skill for them is to put reinforcement holes on the number 100, I've also designed a pennant flag done with reinforcement holes for older students. The other favorite fine motor skill my students enjoy doing is a Pinch and Poke.  They hang on to a large thumb tack or golf tee,  lay on their tummies on the carpet, and poke a hole in whatever pattern is on the page.  Today it is an oversized 100 Dollar bill that I made.

    After they complete their centers and Table Top it's time for recess. 


     100 Day Math Games / Activities: Measuring-Guess-timating

    • When they come back in I have their math game activities set up. 

    I have 100 colored garage sale circle dots stuck all over the room.  Each child gets to find 5 and stick them on Hunter the Hundred Day Dog, turning him into a spotted hound. To make one, put the dog picture on an overhead and trace him onto a large sheet of tag board.  Buy 10 different colored stickers and then stick 10 of each color around the room.  Figure out how many each child can find, and then let the game begin. Count the colors by 10's so that you can count quickly and move on to the next activity. 

    I make name labels for everyone and tell them that they have to take care of their label so that they can use it several times.

    • Name labels are a great thing for Y5 students who are just learning to write and recognize their name, and a wonderful time-saver for teachers. 
    • I use large Avery address labels and make them in Word on my computer.
    • The first guess-timation game we'll play is with Unifix cubes. 
    • They work with several other students to make a rod of 10 cubes, so that we have a class set of 10 rods. 
    • We count them by 10's so that we know we have 100 pieces. We measure the rod with a ruler. 
    • I tell them we are going to connect the rods and make one long Unifix cube line of 100 pieces.
    •  They need to guess where the 100-piece Unifix cube line will end by putting their name label down on the carpet.
    •  It's OK to go out the door of the room into the hallway, if they think the line will go that far. 
    • I give everyone 100 seconds to decide where to stick their label and then pass out the10 rods to 10 children who begin to assemble the path. 
    • The child who is correct gets a Smartie candy for being the smartest.
    • Everyone picks up their name label and they listen for the next 100 Day math game directions. 
    • I show them a ruler and tell them that it is 12 inches.  I tell them to go put their name label down where they think 100 inches will be.

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    More Fun 100 Day Math Extensions:

    Prior to doing the next activity, make sure you count out your steps so that you can see your children.  My 100 steps is out the door and straight down the hallway, so my students don't have to turn any corners, and are always in plain sight.

    • I tell them that we will be counting 100 of my steps down the hall from the start of our classroom door.
    • I show them how big my foot is and we measure it with the ruler. 
    • How is that the same/different than the Unifix cube rod/ruler?
    • We will have 100 of these, not 10!
    • Now go put your label where you think 100 steps will end. 
    •  I give them 100 seconds to do that, and then they line up next to me and we start counting.
    •  I put one foot in front of the other, one step at a time and have them do the same thing with theirs. 
    • It's amazing how off their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd guesses are from each other. 
    • Some children are very good at guessing, some have no concept of what they're doing, but they all have a really good time. 

    cardWhen we get back, I have my students look at 100 Day books from their book basket.  They lay on their tummies while I sprinkle 100 Day cards around the room. 

    • Print these out on construction paper, laminate them, cut them apart and write numbers 1-100 on them.
    • Make a few blank ones so that you can fill in any numbers that may turn up missing. 
    • We sing the Clean Up song and I explain to my students that as soon as I say "On your mark, get set, 100 Day!"
    • They can go look for 100 Day Cards. The one who finds the most gets a Smartie. 
    • I give them 100 Seconds to do this, more if needed. 
    • Everyone counts their cards and puts them in a nice neat stack, all facing the right direction. 
    • I have them sequence their numbers from lowest to highest as well. 
    • I have them put their cards in 1's 10's 20's 30's etc. piles in front of them. 
    • When we've determined who's found the most, I surprise everyone, by giving each child a Smartie, with the winner getting two, because we are all 100 Days smarter! 
    • I ask who has the 1 card, then the 2 card and we assemble the cards in order 'til we get to 100. 
    • This can take a bit of time if your students don't know how to count, or recognize numbers, so if you don't need a fill-in game, skip this part and just have them count their cards and then collect them.  

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    100 Day Math Extensions: Weighing

    Besides measuring we also weigh things.

    • Some of the things we weigh are:
    • 100 pennies, 100 buttons, 100 paperclips,  100 erasers, and 100 toothpicks.
    • I give each group a letter A-E
    • and have my students put them in numeric order of which they think will be the lightest to the heaviest.
    • It's now time for lunch.

     100 Day Blast Off!

    After lunch I set a timer to ring promptly one minute before 1:00 then as the exact time approaches, have a 10-9-8-7-6 count down and yell "Happy 100 Day!" like you would on New Years.  I have my students get in a crouching position so they can bounce up into the air like a rocket ship. We sing some 100 Day songs at this time and march around the room to get the wiggles out.

     100 Day Gross Motor Fun:

    • Instead of Free Play Center Time today,  I  haul out the Unifix cubes, building blocks, Lego's, Duplo's and anything else I think my students can make a stack of.  I give them about 15 minutes Free Play time to see who can build the tallest tower before it comes tumbling down.  No one's ever made it to 100, but they have a blast trying. 
    • I have a 100 Day Henderson Record Book (Like the Guinness World Book of Records) where I record the "best ever" of all my events.  I let my students know the challenges they're up against and they enjoy trying to beat those records.  If they get tired of making towers, I let them opt to make a really long "path" out of whatever they want.  They snake them around the room to see if they can get to 100 pieces in their road.
    • Other records they try to break are how many seconds can everyone stay quiet without a single sound especially giggles and sighs! We try to make it to 100.  How many of the following can they do in 100 seconds: hops on one foot, letters can they write, numbers can they write, can they balance that long on one foot, can they hold their breath that long, words can they write, times can they write their name, claps can they clap, jumps can they jump, blocks can you stack, bingo dots can they dab, stickers can they stick, lines can they trace, things can they find in the picture, letters can they say in the alphabet, numbers can they count up to, and whatever else I choose to have them race at, against my 100-second-set timer.

    Other 100 Day Games & Activities:

    • After everyone has cleaned up I ask them if they would like to make the number one hundred out of their bodies.  I give them a few minutes to see if they can figure out how they could do that on their own, before I help them out.  Each year I climb up on a table and take a picture of the 100 "kid body" for that year and put it in my 100 Day Body Book.  After I take their photo I show them the past year's pictures.  This 100-Day photo was when 100 Day fell on Valentine's Day.  Talk about a crazy day!
    • If there's time left, I have a dice game they can play as well as a connect-the-dots to make a box game.  Each involves a 100-box grid and is played with a partner.  I've also included a groundhog sheet where students count up to 1000 by 100's.  This helps review 3-digit numbers and is very easy to do even for my Y5's.  Because we are working on place value, I make a class set of place value Popsicle sticks so that each child has a 1's, 10's and 100's stick.  Choose a color for each value.  Write the value on the end of each stick.  i.e. the red stick will have 1's written on the tip, the yellow sticks will have 10's written on the tip, the blue sticks will have 100's written length wise. Have them TRACE the beginning number for each groundhog and write the two zeros next to it to complete the skill sheet. Give each student their 3 place value sticks and explain the directions.  Call out a groundhog number and have them place the Popsicle sticks under the numbers in their appropriate place value order.  I find this helps the "light bulb" go on, as well as reinforces the new 3-digit number we have just counted up to! 


    We end our day on a quiet note and do these things:

     Zero The Hero

    100 Day Ideas, zero the hero, 100 Day Activities, 100 Day Celebration, 100 Days of schoolThe lower grades get together and we have someone dress up as Zero the Hero and visit each class. 

    • He passes out a treat and congratulates us on learning whatever we tell him we have accomplished as a class. 
    • I make up certificates for skip counting to 100 by 10's and attach lollipops for him to hand out to my class. 
    • You could ask a parent to do this for you. 
    • Simply buy a brightly colored T-shirt,
    • put a big black zero on it with permanent marker
    • and give him a cape that you can buy after Halloween,
    • or buy a yard of silk from the fabric store and sew on some yarn ties. 
    • Buy some super-sized sunglasses at The Dollar or Party Store,
    • or have him wear goggles, anything silly,
    • perhaps a neon green, yellow or orange cap. 
    • They sell caps at Hobby Lobby and Michaels Crafts that you can decorate with zeros.  
    • JoAnn Fabrics also has a nice selection of novelty fabrics. 
    • Perhaps your hero will even don leotards and boxer shorts for you! 
    • You could buy a pair of black silk shorts and using puffy paint put all sorts of zeros on them. 
    • A pair of sweat pants works well too.  

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    Snack Time: A special 100 Day snack called Derdnuh!


    We eat our Derdnuh snack. 

    • What's Derdnuh?  Derdnuh is something that I made up. 
    • It's hundred spelled backwards and is like trail mix. 
    • I send a note home to parents explaining the recipe and assign each student an ingredient to bring in the week of 100 Day. 
    • My students LOVE LOVE LOVE this snack. 
    • We make such a big batch that we enjoy it for a few days,
    • and have enough that I can share a few bowls with the principal, librarian and secretaries who look forward to Mrs. Henderson's class making this treat every year. 
    • Here's how to make your own batch of Derdnuh:
    • Look over the note and make any adjustments,
    • assign ingredients to your students,
    • run off copies
    • and send home to parents a week or two before your 100 Day celebration. 
    • Send a reminder note home the day before. 
    • Obtain a large box and 2 large black garbage bags. 
    • Line the box with the 2 garbage bags. 
    • When students bring in an ingredient, make sure that their parents have put their name on it. 
    • Keep these in an empty box. 
    • On 100 day, gather children in a circle on the carpet. 
    • Choose an ingredient out of the box and have that child dump it into the garbage bag box. 
    • As they do so have all the children thank them for their ingredient. 
    • Give them a wooden spoon with a long handle (you can buy one at The Dollar Store)
    • have them gently stir the ingredients. 
    • Keep doing this 'til all of the ingredients have been added. 
    • Gently remove the bags from the box. 
    • Twist them shut so that you can gently tumble the ingredients so that they get mixed up really well. 
    • Put the bags back in the box. 
    • Fold the top of the bags down so that you can dip the children's bowls in and serve each one of them a bowl of Derdnuh. 
    • When everyone has a bowl, they take it to their desks and eat! 
    • Mmmmm Mmmmmm delicious!  
    • I serve with apple juice that a mom volunteers to bring in. 
    • This is a thirsty snack so I also have a pitcher of water available.
    • This is a picture of my photo album showing my students making Derdnuh.  Here I'm using a huge soup kettle.  I'd add some ingredients and then when the pot became over flowing we'd dump them into the baggy box.  The children tho' got a little over zealous with their stirring, and some of the items got broken, so now I keep it all in the baggy box, and everyone gets just one time to stir the ingredients.

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    Quiet Time:  A Special 100 Day Guessing Game

    Guess which bags have 100 in them.

    • I have a box of 30 different large Ziploc Baggies filled with a huge variety of things.
    • All of them have 100 items in them. 
    • I also have several that don't have 100 items in them so that I have a comparison.  
    • I give my students a numbered list from 1-20.
    • They are instructed to circle the numbers, that match the bags I show them, that they think, have 100 items in them.
    • So that it's easy to correct, all of the bags I show them, have 100 items in them except for the last one.
    • So they should have circled the first 19 numbers.   
    • They really enjoy this activity, and learn that 100 seed pearls really look different and take up a different amount of space than 100 seas shells. 
    • When I taught older grades they brought in their own Baggies of 100 things and shared them at this time. 
    • I read 100 Day Worries by Margery Cuyler as a nice follow up to this activity. It's my favorite 100 Day book.

     Discussion, Sharing & Story Time:

    We share what our favorite thing was that we did during 100 Day.  I ordered a 100 Day ball from Oriental Trading and I toss that back and forth to each child to give them a turn to talk.

    I finish reading Sammy the Snake Counts up to 100 Day and let the children select one more 100 Day book from our basket and I read that. I made a Sammy skill sheet where students fill in the missing numbers from 1 to 100.  I did not put in any other numbers other than 1 and 100.  I leave that up to you to decide as to the difficulty of the sheet.  Fill in as many as you want.

    I have compiled their 100 Day contribution pages and made our 100 Day Class Books, so I share these with them as well. Click on the link which will take you to the February Writing Class Books article; there you can read the directions and click on the 100 Day Class Books .  I've also included 2 other ones (I'd Walk 100 Miles For... and Our 100 Pictures) in this packet.  For other 100 Day storybooks check out the link in my 100 Day Books bibliography in the February Books of the Month Blog. Scroll down the page, 100 Day Book Bibliography is the 2nd one. 

     wolfMy other favorite 100 Day book is Keiko Kasza's Wolf's Chicken Stew.  If you get Mailbox Magazine and save your issues, check out the 2007-2008 Dec/Jan issue.  I'm one of their freelance writers and on page 54 I did an article on this book. It includes several activities that would be perfect for 100 Day extensions, after you read the story.  One's an easy baby chick that students make where they feed cookies to the chick.  It's great for regular or skip counting. The other is a pig face they make and then cut out and sequence the 6 story circles and staple them to the pig's nose.

    Something else I made up that will help your students practice writing and counting to 100 is my What's Missing? a fill-in-the-blank 100 Counting Skill Sheet Book.  It's filled with a 100 grid for each month.  More squares are left blank as the month's progress and children become more adept at this skill.  To view/print one, click on the link.

    Our day has now come to an end and I wish my Y5's one last "Happy 100 Day!" and tell them how proud I am of how far they've come, and how much they've learned.  I give them each a "100 Day Certificate" and a "100 Words of Praise From Your Teacher" sheet that I made up so they can tuck it in with the rest of their goodies, as they pack up their things and get ready to leave.  It's been a terrific day and I'm ready for a nice cup of tea and 100 minutes of peace and quiet...

    100 Day is one of my favorite theme days. 

    I hope you gathered some ideas that will make 100 Day at your school extra special for you and your students/children too! 

    As always, if you have something fun that you do for your 100 Day, I'd love to hear from you!

    100 Day Activity Templates

    I've made this into a nice 100 Day Unit for you.  It's chock full of all these ideas (78 pages! + the article's tips, 7 pages, for a grand total of 85 pages! Enjoy. )


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    1-2-3 Come Do Some Groundhog Activities With Me

    I haven't wrapped my head around the fact that February is almost here.  As usual, my life simply flies by, and January was no exception.  I thought I'd better whip something together about groundhogs today.  That holiday is always sneaking up on me.

    If you're looking for a few things to plug into your day, you've come to the right place.

    • Help your students celebrate by giving them a slap bracelet to wear. Students trace the greeting with a highlighter. Or turn these into bookmarks and have your students glue them on a strip of construction paper.
    • Wish each other a Happy Groundhog Day and practice writing that greeting by tracing, then writing the sentence on the groundhog-filled skill sheet. Students’ also give their opinion whether they think the groundhog will see his shadow or not.
    • Have students cut a “sun circle” out of construction paper and glue on their round ground hog picture, add a safety pin and they can string it on a necklace of straw beads or simply pin it on.  Older students can cut two slits and insert a pencil for the day’s activities.Groundhog Day ideas, groundhog day activities
    • I’ve also included a Happy Groundhog Day note from your teacher.  You can run these off and have it sitting on their desk along with their “Shadow Name.”
    • How do you make shadow names?  Open up Word, Click on the right-tilted Blue A on the drawing tool bar at the bottom of your screen, a window will come up with all sorts of examples of Word Art, the 3rd row down, 3rd box in, has green word art that has a shadow above it.  Simply click on that window and type one student’s name at a time. They will appear on your word document. I print them off and then mount them on black construction paper.  My students’ think this is “way cool”.

    • As a math extension graph whether your students think the groundhog will see his shadow or not, then find out on the Internet whether he did.
    • After the results are in, have students make the My Groundhog Book. It’s an “Easy Reader” with many high frequency word-wall words. 
    • Students trace, then write the sentence and then cut and glue the matching picture.  They also have an opportunity to express their feelings of how 6 more weeks of winter makes them feel if the groundhog sees his shadow, or how they’ll feel if he doesn’t and spring is just around the corner!
    • Add another graphing extension of who is really enjoying winter and the snow and would like winter to stay, and who is sick of the cold winter and would like spring to come.
    • Groundhog Day ideas, groundhog day activitiesWhile students have Free Play Center time, I call them over to sit very still in front of a projection light. This casts a terrific shadow on a large sheet of black construction paper that I have taped to the wall. 
    • I trace their profile with a white piece of chalk.  You can have older students cut out their “shadow silhouettes” but because there is a lot of detail with eyelashes, and their nose, ponytails, bangs etc. that I don’t want “lopped” off, I take them home and cut them out for my students, or have a room helper give me a hand. 
    • The next day, my students glue them on a sheet of white construction paper.  We gather on the carpet and I hold them up one at a time.
    • My students guess whose shadow I’m displaying; some are a bit hard, others are extremely easy.  They make an outstanding display on a hallway wall.  Parents LOVE these keepsakes and I get lots of positive feedback when they take them home.
    • A quickie art activity is to have your students color and cut out a groundhog and then glue him to a Popsicle stick.  Insert the stick inside a toilet paper tube that they have wrapped in brown paper and then decorated to look like dirt with a brown crayon or marker.  My students enjoy playing with their groundhog puppet and deciding whether he’s going to pop out and play, or tuck himself back in and hide for six more weeks.

    • If you want the groundhog’s shadow to show up, place the top of the tube in the center of a small paper plate and trace it.  Cut out the circle. Before slipping the plate over the t.p. tube, have students decorate the top of the plate to look like dirt and grass. If it’s sunny, take your students outside.  Have them pop their Popsicle groundhog out of its t.p. burrow.  The sun will cast the groundhog’s shadow on the paper plate.

    We spend about 15 minutes spying other shadows as well. 

    • When we come in, I gather my students in a circle and we do the Groundhog Pokey with our popsicle stick groundhogs. We also count our critters by one’s in English and Spanish and then practice counting by 10’s to 100.
    • Click on the link to view/print The Groundhog Pokey.
    • Another fun, yet simple art activity needs some pre-planning.  Have your students pose themselves doing some sort of action, then take their digital picture.  Print them off and cut them out.  Students glue them to a sheet of blue construction paper, add a construction paper sun to the top and draw their shadow.
    • I read them Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem My Shadow. Click on the link for a copy.   Write your favorite portion of the poem on the board and have students copy it on to their paper, or type up the entire poem and have them glue it to their paper.
    • I also read them the groundhog poem that I wrote. All of the activities I've mentioned here, can be viewed/printed by clicking on the link at the end. 
    • For a gross motor activity I have children choose a partner and take turns being each other’s shadows, seeing if they can mimic doing everything that their partner does.
    • Another fun thing to do is to make hand shadows for your students. Turn off the lights and use a light source on your white board. Sit on a stool and using your hands make animal shadows.  My Y5’s think this is a lot of fun. 
    • They often giggle as they guess what the shadow is. I choose one and teach it to them, so they can go home and do it for their parents.  My repertoire is limited, but a great site to learn, (they have 17 examples) can be found at apples4theteacher. Click on the link for directions. 
    • If you’re looking for groundhog coloring pages, click on the link for a site that lists their top 10.  I use coloring pages to make my table top worksheets for the day.  I turn them into connect the skip-counted dots, math fact sheets, ABC identification; I spy the numbers, and bingo-dot pattern pages to name a few.
    • Groundhog Day ideas, groundhog day activitiesSo what kind of noises do groundhogs make? According to the terrific Hog Haven site: When they’re happy they grunt! When they’re frightened, they let out a loud shrill to scare away predators, and when they fight, they squeal!”
    • Click on the link to hear over 23 recordings.  This is truly educational fun to have your students listen to.  I was amazed.  I’d never heard or seen a real groundhog! 
    • They also have 10 videos of their groundhogs  + an 11th one (1 minute and 39 seconds) at the bottom where they’ve put together some adorable clips to country music with an over lay of groundhog chatter.
    • Click on the link to view them.  What’s nice about this u-tube video is that there’s also an entire photo clip list of other u-tube groundhog video’s under it.  Simply click on a photo to view another groundhog video.  These are generally less than 2 minutes and make for a wonderful lesson for your students.  
    • To read a bit of history about Groundhog Day click on the link.  
    • Click on the groundhog game link for some more educational fun.  I use this site as an interesting groundhog concentration game for my computer center on Groundhog Day.  My Y5’s click on the squares ‘til they find groundhog cards that match. Once flipped over, they help complete a real puzzle photograph of a groundhog! 
    • Have your students try their hand at saying this tongue twister: How much wood, could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? I practice several times so that I can do it pretty fast and once everyone has had a turn doing it by themselves, they can challenge me to do it in unison to see who is faster. This is bound to end in giggles as they give it a shot.  
    • Pass out my game cards and play 5 minutes worth of “Fickle Phil”. Explain what it means to be fickle and that Phil is a prognosticator (predictor), and they too will be predictors in this game.  He, like anyone else, who predicts things about the weather or the future, is not always right.   
    • Each child chooses a prediction card.  One is spring the other is winter.  To make things easier, you can print, cut and then glue the cards back-to-back, so that your students are only using one card. They decide if Phil will see his shadow and then hold up their prediction card so that it faces you.    
    • The teacher reaches into a brown lunch bag (Phil’s burrow) and pulls out a Phil card. One is Phil during the spring, meaning he did not see his shadow and spring is just around the corner; the other is Phil’s during the winter, meaning he saw his shadow and we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter. Students keep a tally, of how many times they prognosticated correctly.   
    • To end our day on a quiet note, we warm up with a good book  after recess and snuggle up on our Circle Of Friends carpet.  I read several groundhog-shadow stories during Story Time and have a small book basket of groundhog selections for students to look at during free reading.  
      • I’ve also added 10 new words to our seasonal word wall word list. I’ve provided a list of groundhog books that I read in this packet.   

        I hope you enjoy your Groundhog Day celebration and the little shadows in your classroom/home have a fun time learning! 

      What are you doing for Groundhog Day?  You can start today by making this educational and interactive bulletin board.  Or make this a huge wall display in your hallway and get other students and passersby excited and involved.  Click on the link at the end of the list to print/view all of the Groundhog Day bulletin board templates.

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      Here’s how to make an educational and interactive Groundhog Day bulletin board:

      On the left is a photo of a small construction paper placement picture I made, so you can get an idea of the way things are laid out. 

      • Cut your caption out of die cut letters from an Ellison machine or type them out on your computer, cut them out and staple them across the top of your b. board.  
      • A title can be: Will Phil See His Shadow?  Will The Groundhog See His Shadow?  _______________'s Class Counts Down to February 2nd. What's Your Guess? or whatever else you may come up with.  
      • On the top of the bulletin board staple light blue paper for the sky, on the bottom attach light brown paper for the earth.
      • Cut out a few hills of snow to scatter here and there. To make them sparkle, brush on some Elmer’s glue and apply to the edges.  Sprinkle with opalescent glitter.
      • Using a darker shade of brown, make a large hill for a burrow.  Staple this to one side of your b. board.
      • Add texture by ripping up some pieces of sand paper, or scrunching up various shades of tissue paper and stapling these to the burrow.
      • Show the hole area by drawing it with a black magic marker, or cut an oval out of large construction paper.  
      • Before stapling the burrow to the side of your bulletin board cut a slit in the top where the hole is, so that you can insert “Phil” on February 2nd.
      • Enlarge my drawing of Phil by using an overhead projector and trace him on another shade of brown paper.   You can add dimension by coloring him with markers or crayons, and adding a large wiggle eye.
      • Print a copy of my “Do Not Disturb!” sign, mount it on construction paper, punch holes in each corner, and tie a piece of colorful yarn to each hole. Tack on to the front of the burrow with a thumbtack.
      • Print off the Woodchuck Chatter Newspaper sheet and glue it to the back of the Do Not Disturb sign.  On February 2nd flip over this sign.  Affix the yes or no answer to the empty box.
      • Cut out a large white cloud and large yellow sun.  Place both of these in the sky, one in each corner.   You can add dimension to the sun using crepe paper streamers as rays.  You can add dimension to the cloud by having your students help you pull apart cotton balls and glue them to the cloud.  You can also scrunch up white tissue paper and staple that to the cloud.
      • Run off copies of the groundhog prediction page.  Have your students TRACE then WRITE the sentence, make their prediction and then color their groundhog.  Make sure they sign their name at the top of their paper.
      • If your b. board is in the hallway, make a copy of your class composite and have students glue their school photo next to their prediction.
      • Mount students’ groundhogs on a variety of colored construction paper and staple them to the opposite side of your bulletin board of where you have your burrow.
      • Print off my groundhog prediction graph and display that on your b.board as well.
      • Tie a yarn loop to a plastic sheet protector, attach it to your bulletin board with a tack and hang it on the opposite end of the Do Not Disturb sign. Print off the Groundhog Day Countdown label and glue it to a piece of construction paper.  Cut it out and staple it above the countdown sheet protector. Print the Groundhog Countdown number pages, cut them out and glue them to construction paper, insert them inside the sheet protector from 10 to 0. Assign this as one of your daily jobs. Your students will have fun changing the numbers as they count down to February 2nd. Groundhog Day bulletin board idea, Groundhog Day ideas, February bulletin board ideas
      • On February 2nd insert the last number card in the countdown, flip over the Do Not Disturb sign, announce the news, affix the appropriate label, insert Phil and see how many of your students were correct. I think a big “Hooray!” for Phil is appropriate as well as for everyone who participated.
      • This photo of Phil courtesy of the Punxsutawney Pennsylvania site's photo album.
      • Follow the event up by clicking on the official site and watching what took place for the real Phil at  the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Website. You can also check out  the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania site, Phil’s home.  They have an Interactive Fun section with a Groundhogese Translator, which allows children to type in a phrase and have it translated into the original “groundhog-speak”. Click on the audio and hear a rendering of Groundhogese! Other activities include Ask the Groundhog and Send a Post Card.
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      • If you’d like a nice compare and contrast activity, check out a Canadian site and have your students compare our northern neighbors'  Wiarton Willie the groundhog from the town of South Bruce Peninsula in Canada with USA’s Pennsylvania’s Phil. You could use a Venn diagram for this activity.  Click on the link to print/view this groundhog comparison contrast Venn diagram activity. 

      • If you want to make the Groundhog Day bulletin board above, Click on the link to view/print all of the Groundhog Day bulletin board templates.

      I hope you have a groundhog great time with these activities!

      As always, I'd enjoy hearing from you.

      Brrr-illiant Winter Writing

      Even if your students aren’t from a state of ice and snow, they can put on their thinking caps and pretend. Simply “take them there” by reading them stories about frigid and frosty places.

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      Brainstorm what kinds of things you can do on the ice, like skate, go ice fishing, have your sled pulled behind a tractor, play hockey, take a walk, snowmobile across the lake/river etc.  Discuss safety and not venturing out on thin ice, always being out on the ice with a buddy etc.  Have students cover a 5x7 sheet of tag board with aluminum foil.  On a piece of white paper, they draw a picture of themselves doing an activity on the ice, color, cut and then glue it to their "aluminum ice pond".  They write a sentence underneath with a blue permanent marker: "On the ice I like to...."

      Marvelous Mittens

      After reading a story about playing in the snow, have your students make a class mitten book.  Draw a large mitten on a sheet of paper and run it off on a variety of colored construction paper on a Duplo machine, or make a template out of tag board and have your students trace and cut one out.  Have children decide what's their favorite thing to do in the snow, and then have them complete the sentence: My mittens keep me warm when I... They draw a picture of themselves doing that activity in the middle of the mitten.  Collect the mittens, punch a hole in the bottom left hand corner and tie with a fat piece of yarn for a cute class book, or string a clothesline across a bulletin board that you have stapled snowflake wrapping paper on for a background and use clothespins to hang up each student's mitten. Click on the mitten link below for a template and cover for your book. 

      I do another mitten writing class book after reading Jan Brett’s story The Mitten. {amazonWS:itemId=0399252967}For a dramatic play extension of this story I use animal masks that I bought from Oriental Trading. I made a huge white mitten out of a piece of tag board. I use this as the “flap door” for my wiggle-worm tunnel, which I've thrown a white sheet over.

      Jan Brett has a wonderful site Listed under her activities tab, you can print off the animals for this story.  I laminated these and put a scratchy Velcro dot on the back. I pass these out to my students and we sequence the story on a flannel board. You could also use magnet strip and do this on your white board.

      After reading the story,  we scramble up the pictures and see if we can remember their order. When we do, the first set of children don an animal mask and crawl into the mitten. When all the animals are snug inside, we count to 100 by 10's and then they exit out of the back, giving their mask to another child, until everyone has had a turn.

      It's a nice way to get the wiggles out and be dramatic at the same time.  If you don't have a tunnel, see if your gym teacher or pre school does or simply drape the sheet over a table with your mitten safety pinned to the front.

      As a writing extension, I have my students write on a large white mitten: "I felt _________ inside the mitten." They color, cut and glue the picture of the animal they were to their mitten.  I staple the mittens together and make a class book.  Click on the link for a template and cover for your book.  Mitten templates for both class books.  

      snowman class book, February writing ideas, Winter writing ideas, writing class books, February bulletin board ideasWriting is “Snow” Much Fun!

      After reading a story about a snowman, (Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner, is a great book) have your students gather around and sing Frosty the Snowman.  Make a pattern of a small, medium, and large circle and have them cut them out and glue them together stacking them in the shape of a snowman. Add a square and a rectangle to make the hat, and a triangular carrot nose and you can review shapes.  Have students add the rest of the facial features.  Now, have them brainstorm what they would like to do with their snowman if he really could come to life!

      Inside the middle "tummy" circle have your students write: When my snowman came to life he... In the bottom tummy circle have them draw a picture of their snowman doing that activity with them.  To make this a keepsake, run off a copy of your class composite picture and cut their pix in the shape of an oval.  Have them glue their picture on the head of the figure that they have drawn to represent themselves playing with their snowman. 

      Staple navy blue bulletin board paper at the top of your bulletin board (for a night time affect) then cut some white "hills" from fluffy blanket bunting that they sell in bags at Christmas time or at fabric stores and staple it to the bottom of the board. Staple your students Frosty Snowmen "...over the hills of snow!"  You could add some extra zip by splattering the navy paper with white paint, using a tooth brush, for a blizzard affect, and then sprinkling opalescent glitter on the top of the paint while it is wet. 

      Or...put your student's snowmen in a class book by having them glue their Frosty to a navy sheet of construction paper. 

      Slip Slidin’ Away…

      After reading 10 On A Sled, (See January Books of The Month post.) or another story about tobogganing or sliding down the hillside. Pass out strips of multi-colored construction paper. (Toboggans).  Discuss how your students’ felt when they went sledding, or road on a roller coaster or went speeding on their bike.  Talk about descriptive words that they could use to describe those feelings and then have them trace and then complete the sentence: Wheee! Sliding down the hill I felt ... on their toboggan.  There's space to the left if you want to include their class photo.  Add a title page, staple and then read the booklet to the class. Click on the link for a toboggan template.

      It’s Great To Skate And Write!

      Another winter activity that is fun for students is skating.  Making an ice skate is also fun; so why not turn it into a writing activity?  Click on the link to make a Skate template.  Punch holes in the skate so your students can get some fine motor skills in by lacing a piece of yarn through each hole.   Tape their yarn ends at the back. Have them insert another piece at the top and tie a bow. For the blade of the skate, students wrap a narrow piece of aluminum foil over a jumbo Popsicle stick and glue it to the tabs of the skate.  Students write their name at the top of the skate. Write the following sentences on the board for your students to choose one, copy it on their skate and then complete the sentence:  I like to skate because… or skating makes me feel…… or I wish I could skate because…….

      hookedI’m Hooked On Writing!

      My 3 and 5 year old grandson’s love to go ice fishing! Even though some of your students may never have had that opportunity, they will have fun making a straw pole and catching a construction paper fish for this writing activity.  Purchase a box of neon-colored drinking straws. They sell them at The Dollar Store.  Run off the copy of the fish on multi-colored construction paper and have your students complete the sentence: “I’m hooked on ______________ because __________.” or “____________ is _____________.” or make up your own prompt.  Punch a hole at the top of the fish and tie a piece of yarn to it that is then attached to the straw fishing pole.  If you want your students to have a little "snip & cut" scissor practice, have them cut the lines on the fins of their fish.

      Put a long sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom of your bulletin board. Have students cut out an oval “ice hole”, brush on some white glue and sprinkle with opalescent glitter. They color and cut out their bundled-up figure.  They could also pull apart some cotton balls and glue the "fluffy stuff" around the hood, cuffs, and hem of the child's coat for added dimension.  Teacher runs off their class photo on the copy machine, and cuts their faces into ovals.  Students glue them to their figure.  Put children fishing on the b. board, holding their hooked fish over their ice hole. Title can be: “Fishing for Compliments.” Or “Hooked on Writing.”    Click on the link to print/view Hooked on Writing templates

      February writing prompts, winter writing ideas, class books, 100 Day IdeasYou Send Me!

      Show your students a variety of postage stamps and explain the concept as well as how much it costs to mail a valentine.  Pass out the template and have them design their own stamp.  Ask them if they could write a letter to anyone in the world, who would they write a letter to and why, then have them complete the sentence at the bottom.  Fill in the title page and mount it on construction paper for a cute class book your students will LOVE making and reading. Click on the link to print/view a You Send Me stamp template booklet.

      February Writing prompts, Winter writing ideas, February bulletin board ideas, 100 Day ideasYay! It’s 100 Day!

      We make several class books for 100 Day. I do one each day the week we will be celebrating our 100th Day, and then one on 100 Day.  We make a book for  If  I had 100 Dollars I would buy… another for  I could eat 100 ---------, but I could not eat 100 ________________  as well as  I would like 100 _____________ in my room, but not 100 _______________ ! Our last activity is:  Our Class' 100 Wishes.  This makes a cute book or b. board.  

      My class of Y5's always tops off at 20 so it's easy to divide that into 100.  Everyone gets five wishes.  I cut out yellow construction paper stars on a die-cut machine.  We sit on our Circle of Friends carpet and discuss making a wish on a star. I teach them the rhymes: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as well as Star Light - Star Bright.  I play Disney's "When You Wish Upon A Star" song from Pinocchio, while they work on their writing.  I jot down what their wishes are on their star.  Later they glue their school photo to their star, and we hang them in the hallway with the equation 5 x 20 = 100 wishes for 100 Day.  

      In all of the class books my students draw a picture under the captions.  I have them trace the words and then write them, completing the sentence.  Their ideas are quite hilarious.  I make covers for each of the books, glue them to construction paper, staple them together, and then read them during story time at the end of the day.  Click on the link for 100 Day class books.

      I display our class books on a table during Parent-Teacher conferences. In June,  I take each child’s contribution out of each book and make their own “big book”. This makes a great keepsake of all the writing that they did for the year.

      Whatever you're doing to warm kids up to writing this month,

      I hope you have a simply wonderful time! 

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