Kindergarten and first grade teachers know that the 100th day of school is the perfect reason for a celebration! Plus it’s a great excuse to have a little educational fun and break from the routine.
Activities to celebrate the 100th day of school can be incorporated into just about every subject — including literacy, social studies, art, even physical education. Today I’m sharing 100th day of school ideas that require little to no prep work.
100th Day Read Alouds
The 100th day of school isn’t just for math. There are some fantastic read alouds ideas that are perfect for such a special day. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites. In no particular order, here are my favorite 100th Day read alouds:
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- 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
- Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! by Betsy Franco
- William’s 100th Day of School by Lisa Bullard
- I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith
- The Night Before the 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing
- Ms. Goozenpop’s Crazy 100th School Day by Sandy Sanders
- 100 Days of Cool by Stuart Murphy
- Henry’s 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
- Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
- 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell
- Jake’s 100th Day of School by Lester Laminack
- 100 Snowmen by Jen Arena
- Ready, Set, 100th Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
- 100 Days Of School (Math Is Fun!) by Trudy Harris
- Centipede’s One Hundred Shoes by Tony Ross
- Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School by Jane O’Connor
100th Day Activities
Here’s a few 100th day of school ideas that require little to no prep. Be sure to grab your freebie at the end.
- Build a tower using 100 paper or plastic cups.
- Put together a 100 piece puzzle.
- Make a structure using 100 toothpicks and marshmallows.
- Use 100 Legos or blocks to build a structure.
100th Day of School Ideas Just for Fun:
- Stay quiet for 100 seconds. At the end yell “Happy 100th Day of School!”
- Have students close their eyes and open them when they think 100 seconds have passed. Who came the closest?
- Calculate what year it will be when students turn 100 years old.
- Learn to say the number 100 in a different language.
- Have students bring in 100 small items (pennies, marshmallows, paper clips, etc).
- Give students a blank piece of paper and have them make 100 thumbprints.
- Dress up as a 100 year old.
- Make a paper chain with 100 links. Divide students in to ten groups. Each group uses a different color, then combine the links to make a long chain.
- Look through magazines and newspapers for the number 100. Cut them out and create a class collage
- Make a class banner with 100 handprints.
100th Day of School Ideas for Kindness:
- As a class bring in 100 cans to donate to the local food bank.
- Collect 100 pairs of mittens or pairs of socks to donate to a local shelter.
- Make a list of 100 ways to be kind to others. Spend the rest of the year doing them and cross them off as they are completed.
- Think of 100 chores that students can do to help out at home or around the community.
- Give 100 compliments as a class.
- List 100 ways you could help someone.
- Create 100 cards for a local nursing home or children’s hospital.
- Collect pennies, separate them into groups of 100, and donate them to a local cause.
100th Day of School Ideas for Exercises:
- Do 100 jumping jacks.
- Run in place for 100 seconds.
- Do 10 sets of 10 exercises.
- Jump 100 times.
- Estimate where 100 steps would take you, then walk 100 steps to see how close you are.
- See who can walk the farthest in 100 steps.
- Dance for 100 seconds.
- Touch your toes 100 times.
- Run a 100 yard dash.
- Bounce a ball 100 times.
100th Day of School Ideas for Snacks:
- Make a 100th Day Trail Mix snack.
- String 100 fruit loops to make a necklace.
- Create the number 100 using a baby carrot and two cucumber slices.
- Make a 100 day snack using a stick wafer cookie and two round cookies.
- 100th Day Hershey Kiss hunt, then divide them and eat them.
100th Day of School Ideas for Literacy:
- Put 100 magnetic letters in a bag. Pick one at a time. Name each letter an/or sounds as you pull them out.
- Complete literacy centers with a 100th day theme.
- Have students draw a picture of what they will look like in 100 years.
- Finish the sentence “If I had $100, I would…”
- Write 100 words: sight words, cvc words, etc.
- Write a shared story of 100 sentences, each student adds one sentence at a time.
- Finish the sentence “I wish I had 100…” and then make a class list.
- 100 seconds to write your name as many times as possible.
- Writing prompt “Something I couldn’t do 100 days ago, but today I can.”
- Naming writing practice! Collect 100 autographs (works great as a grade-level).
- Write the word “one hundred days” on the board. See how many words students can make using those letters.
100th Day of School Ideas for Math:
- Build a structure using 100 snap cubes.
- Write the numbers 1 – 100.
- Count to 100 by ones, twos, fives, and/or tens.
- Count to 100 as a class, each child says one number until you reach 100.
- Stack 100 pennies.
- Make 100 tally marks.
- Make a list of things you do in 100 seconds and 100 minutes.
- See how many numbers you can write in 100 seconds.
- Count out 100 plastic bears and stand them in a line.
- Count out 100 links and link them together.
- Have small groups of students flip a coin 100 times and record the results using tally marks.
- Die cut a number 1 and two 0’s for each student. Let students design a picture.
- Play Roll and Race to 100.
I hope you can grab a few of these ideas and incorporate them into your 100th day celebration! I’d love to hear how you celebrate this special day in your classroom. You can check out my 100th day of school activity pack for even more math and literacy ideas!
Until next time,