Last Friday was the 100th day of school. It was later than most schools because our school started late this year, plus we had a snow day. The teachers use the 100th day to help reinforce math concepts and each Kindergartener was supposed to bring in 100 small items.
I figured the other kids would bring in cereal or beans, so we settled on popcorn. New Kid was home from school on the 98th day so we used the time to make a math activity out of counting to 100.
I put down a piece of newsprint and drew 10 ovals. Note my grievious spelling error and be amused by the way I "fixed" it in all these photos using my friend, Picmonkey.
Just for fun I started pouring out the popcorn and asked New Kid to tell me when he thought there were 100
As you can see, he rather overestimated.
We counted together 10 rows of ten
kernals kernels. He has a tendency to count too fast so I made sure he touched each kernal kernel as he counted to 100. It was a good way to exercise his fine motor muscles, too.
When he saw the leftovers, he declared, "I guess I was wrong!"
He scooped his 100
kernals kernels -- a tiny little pile compared to his original estimation -- into a baggie to take to school.
I got out a funnel because I thought it would be fun for him to scoop them back into the jar. He liked the idea, but the funnel wasn't big enough so we had to abandon that part.
The sad part of writing this post is that New Kid ended up sick all week long and didn't get to take his 100 popcorn
kernals kernels to the class party. Boo. But, hey, at least I got a blog post out of it.
Have you had the 100th day of school yet? Did your child do a project? What was it?
Natalie AfterschoolForSmartyPants says
Ugh, sorry that New Kid got sick and missed the party! Love the activity you designed for him. We only have 100th day for K grade, then it becomes routine, I guess 🙂
Just want to say I ADORE you! Thank you for making me smile. 🙂 Spelling errors in pics are the worst and you handled it brilliantly.
Erica MomandKiddo says
Ha Ha! Just keeping it real.
I love your 100th day activity, but being sick is no fun!
Oh, and I forgot to share our projects. Emma made 20 plates of food that each had one bean, three grains of rice, and one piece of felt to represent cheese on them - because my kids' favorite food is beans, rice, and cheese. Johnny put the flags of 100 countries on a map, which was a fun project but I felt guilty about the countries we left off.
Before this year, I always thought counting to 100 would be so boring for kids. But this is the first year my daughter's school has celebrated the 100th day of school and she gets a kick out of counting to 100. (P.S. Love your spelling correction method. To be honest, if you hadn't pointed out the mistake, I likely wouldn't have even noticed, lol!)