100 Days and Counting!

100 Days and Counting!

Right about now, most primary grades are gearing up to celebrate 100 days of school. For young ones, 100 feels like such a big number! They are just learning to understand 100 conceptually and to see it in perspective. What fun, then, to explore activities and games that look at 100 in engaging and meaningful ways! Here are some 100-Day activities that can work for many grade levels. Give one a try—and share with us your own favorites. We'd love to hear from at least 100 of you!

  • Give students this prompt and the direction to "paint a picture with words" by describing in detail what they imagine: "When I am 100 years old.‚..."
  • Ask students to fill in these blanks with as many things as they can‚Äîmaybe even 100! Have a contest to see who can name the most items. "100 ________ is a lot. 100 _________ is not very"
  • Give each student or group of students 100 small items that can be stacked in some way. Then, ask them to build a 100-item structure. See how creative they can be! Possible items include toothpicks, paperclips, playing cards, poker chips, pennies, letter tiles, and mini marshmallows.
  • Have students list 100 things they've accomplished in their lifetimes.
  • As a class, research to find 100 events of significance that have happened in the past 100 years.
  • Set a goal as a class to complete 100 acts of kindness. Chart the acts on a bulletin board.
  • Brainstorm all the things there are at least 100 of in your school.
  • Think of 100 different words to use in place of "said" when writing.
  • On the playground or field, take 100 steps in various directions. Map where the steps take you.
  • Figure out where you'd be if you traveled 100 miles from your school to the north, east, south, and west.
  • List 100 different colors.
  • Challenge students to write stories of exactly 100 words.
  • Count to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s and 25s.
  • Figure out how many different ways there are (which coins and how many) to "make" 100 cents.
  • Have a 100-Day party in which students can select fun activities from a menu of options, each with a different assigned point value. Students' chosen activities must total 100 points.
  • As a class, list 100 things you are grateful for.

Enjoy your 100th day! Want more? Here are some free 100th day activities to use in your classroom! Click to download below. Build Your Time Capsule Drawing Activity for Grades K-2. What If I Had 100? Writing Activity for Grades 3-5.

Author bio

Dona Herweck Rice

Dona Herweck Rice, Former Editor-in-Chief for TCM

Dona Herweck Rice, former editor-in-chief for Teacher Created Materials, currently serves as an educational consultant in the areas of writing, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for children. Dona has extensive teaching experience and has authored single titles for the education market, for grades Pre•K –12 across all content areas, including language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and the creative arts, including many titles in the TIME For Kids Nonfiction Readers, Science Readers, Reader's Theater, and Early Childhood Themes lines.