Thursday, February 11, 2010

100th Day

Our 100th day of school was on February 10. It was pushed back for 5 snow days!! Finally we squeezed in our eventful celebration of 100 between Groundhog's Day and Valentine's Day. 

It began as an exciting day doing all the calendar time transitions from 99 into 100 including straws in bundles, coins into a dollar, units and rods, tallies, etc. As a class, we used receipt paper to write 1-100 in alternating colors, or as they know it, an AB pattern. Then everyone filled in their own 100's chart. We also drew hilarious pictures of what we think we'll look like when we are 100 years old. Everyone also brought in 100 pennies, toothpicks, candies, etc. to count. And I almost forgot! The class made crowns the day before on which they glued school buses counting by tens to 100 around. They got to wear them for this special day.

On top of all that, it was a Wednesday. It is also known as "Word Problem Wednesday," during which the whole school completes a grade-level specific word problem, and "Word Worm Wednesday." The latter is a day that I created in which I wear a wizard hat and assess the students on sight words which are tiered in a book of worms from 5 sight words to 40. This has been a wonderful way to motivate students. Five of my students have already completed the first book of 40 words and are now working on a second book containing 40 new words, which aren't technically assessed until first grade. Three of those students have already mastered the second book as well! 

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