Every year, I try to find something a little different to do for celebrating Hundreds Day. This year, I began to reflect on things I have done in the past and then I started looking at all the resources that are out there that other teachers have used. I decided that I would use some of their ideas instead of trying to come up with my own this year. However, there are some activities and books that I do like to use each year, so I will continue to include them.
One thing that I do every year, is read the story One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczes and Bonnie MacKain. This story is great for visualizing ways of grouping 100 objects. We usually try to do some of the same grouping in class, but we quickly run out of people and have to come up with alternatives. The stuffies come out and so do blocks, or other objects around the classroom. I just came across this post on Classroom Freebies that has activities for 100 ants that will tie in nicely with the ones I do. 100 Days With Ants from Diane at TeachWithMe.com
Money is another popular thing to sort and count, so I get out all the school money tubs and we do activities using the coins and the paper money.
This year I also thought about doing 100 Random Acts of Kindness. If we started now, it is possible to reach 100 in time. We would have to do about 5 a day to make it in time.
What are you doing for Hundreds Day?
Georgia Park Students Collect a Record Amount of Pennies
For three years in a row, Room 101 at Georgia Park School has been collecting pennies for the CR Mirror Pennies for Presents drive. This is an opportunity for students in grades 2 and 3 to make a difference in the community. Pennies are collected and the money is given to the Knights of Columbus to buy presents for families in need.
Here is our meter bank. It starts out empty every morning, and children come with their pennies first thing in the morning and at lunch time. We spend time every day sorting and counting the money that is collected. We do this for 4 weeks. The money is then taken to the local newspaper office where it is combined with pennies from other groups and given to the Knights of Columbus for buying presents.
This ties in well with our focus on acts of kindness and being bucket fillers. We have been learning about ways that even children can make a difference.
Each day a different student is selected to read a message on the announcements. The amount that has been collected gets updated each day as well. See the announcement below.
I am amazed at how the school community has come together for this project. Three years ago when I started doing it with my class, we were so excited to take $513 down to the newspaper. Last year, our school population was smaller, so we collected $385.
Because we just changed from a K-6 school this fall, to a K-5 school, we made a goal to reach $300 for the presents. Everything was going along as expected and by the end of the third week we had $267. Then everything exploded. In one day we raised more than $200. Money continued to flow throughout the week, and by Friday we had $592.20. Monday morning more money came in. Our final total was $620.33. I just took the money down to the local newspaper office. It took 5 containers to carry it all. Coins are very heavy.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.