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Here are some of my "Station Ideas" for the 100th day festivities. There's a freebie that can be downloaded at the end of this post. Most of the ideas can be modified by using items you already have in the classroom in place of the ones I'll show you. You'll need to stop at the bank and get a 100 dollar bill for one of the activities. That's something teachers don't usually have on hand! Additionally, you might need to purchase a few things at the store like sugar cubes, craft sticks, clothespins, and very small, plastic cups.
These activities are the "NO-MESS" variety. No sticky glue to clean up, no spilled paint to wipe away, just good clean fun! They don't require much space. Student desks can be used as a work area for several of the activities.
The children to rotate through the "100th Day Stations". For this, strategically pair the children in advance of the activity. If there's an odd number of children, put 3 children together in one group. Be prepared to make quick changes if a student is absent the day of the activity.
The number of student pairs influences the number of stations needed. One station is needed for every 2 children. If there are 20 children, 10 stations are needed.
Before getting started, tell the children that it is not important to finish the task at their area. This way, when it is time to rotate to another station, they'll be willing to move to the next station. Emphasize that each pair is responsible for cleaning up before moving the the next activity. In most instances, that will mean returning the materials to the same arrangement as they were discovered. It will also be important to briefly describe each station and name the task involved.
Consider the amount of time available in the instructional day that you plan to devote to the stations. Space the time evenly within the rotations. This way, every group will have the same amount of time to work with an activity. If there are 10 stations and 7 minutes are allotted per station, it will take 70 minutes for all the rotations to be completed.
Station 1: "PAPER CLIP-Art" Put 100 colorful paper clips out on a desk. Children create a picture using the 100 paper clips. Pairs can work together to make one picture or divide the paper clips (50-50) and make their own pictures.
|It took 100 paper clips to make the girl in the picture.|
|100 clothespins around a box.|
|100 Count Clothespin fort. An engineering triumph!|
Station 3: "Cups n' Cubes" This activity is best completed at a table. Put 100 sugar cubes on a table. Use 10 small plastic cups. The cups in the picture are a 2 ounce size! The children would need to put 10 sugar in each cup, then, count by tens to 100. Add 10 more cups and the children will place 5 cubes in a cup and count by fives to 100. (Math cubes could be used if sugar cubes are not available.)
|Grouping 100 sugar cubes by tens. Counting to 100.|
|Ten cubes in ten cups.|
Station 4: "100 Dollar Doodle" A 100 dollar bill is needed for this . . . and trustworthy students! Children make observations about the front and back of the 100 dollar bill. Then they record their observations on the free printable. Provide the children with a magnifying class so they can observe more details in the 100 dollar bill. The picture shows an old 100 dollar bill. We didn't have anything else on hand and I forgot to go to the bank to get a new one! Later on, have the children cut out the "bill" that they drew, glue the blank sides together, and have their own "100 Dollars". (That is if you're the "messy-glue" variety kind of teacher.)
|Children draw what they see on the FRONT and BACK sides of the 100 dollar bill.|
|Cardboard paper towel tube sculpture fastened with rubber bands|
|Beads n' Bags Counting Activity. Which bag has 100?|
|Stack 100 pennies on a 100 dollar bill.|
|Shapes made with 100 craft sticks.|
Station 9: "100 CVC Words" One way to use the 100 words is to have the children read them, write them, and use them in sentences. Place the words in a container for the children to withdraw from. Once they pull out a CVC word card, they read it, write it on the board, and use it in a sentence. They put the withdrawn words in another location so the next group at the station doesn't use the word again.
|100 CVC Words|
Another way to use the 100 CVC word cards is to sort the words according to a designated attribute. One possible attribute could be the medial vowel sound. In this instance, there would be a five groups (A, E, I, O, U). The sorting activity is a good back-up plan when you have additional groups to rotate to this station and the 100 words were used by the preceding groups.
|Sorting words according to their medial vowel.|
The words have the consonant-short vowel-consonant pattern. Sheets for the word cards are provided with my "100th Day" freebie. I used yellow, orange, blue, red and green card-stock to get the colors shown above. This gave me 4 additional sets of 100 words. The extra sets are put in sandwich bags and added to the class treasure chest. Some first graders will actually CHOOSE a bag of 100 words for a prize!
|Children decorate the 100 by coloring the one and the two zeros with crayons.|
The above activities foster the following: fine motor development, engineering, creativity and peer cooperation. They also develop: counting skills, shape recognition, a money value fact, and phonics.
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Happy 100th Day!
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