100 Ideas for 100th Day of School Collections

How to Teach Math While celebrating 100 Days of School

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In elementary school, the 100th day of school is often a day of great celebration, marked with special activities and books. Marking the 100th day is a great way for elementary school teachers to celebrate the various math concepts that can be taught using the number 100. From the very first day of school, classes begin keeping track of the number of days they've been in school in anticipation of the 100th day.

It's this anticipation that is actually the first math lesson, as the days are often marked using coffee stirrers or Popsicle sticks, ten of which become a "ten bundle," paving the way to counting by tens and ones.

100 Day of School Class Collections

If your child's class plans a 100 Day celebration, he or she may be asked to bring in some items to add to the class collection. It's not practical for each child to bring in 100 of any item (imagine the mess!) so try to get a sense from your child's teacher what he or she has planned. Often the students will be separated into groups, with each group responsible for having a collection of 100 things based on a specific theme.

For instance, one group may be asked to bring in 100 things from the kitchen, which could be foods like dried beans or Cheerios, items like spoons and forks, or a variety of other things. Another group idea could be 100 coins or 100 different office items (such as paper clips, pens, staples, etc.)

However your child's class decides to mark its 100th day of school, be sure you know what the teacher expects and how the items will be displayed.

Ideas for Individual 100th Day Collections

Here are some suggestions if you're looking for ideas of items to send with your child for her or her class' 100th day collections.

1. Coins
2. M&M's
3. Pieces of cereal (Cheerios and Fruit Loops work well)
4. Jellybeans
5. Paper clips
6. Rocks
7. Bottle caps
8. Popsicle sticks
9. Beads
10. Dried beans
11. Sunflower seeds
12. Legos
13. Straws
14. Popcorn kernels
15. Cotton balls
16. Buttons
17. Rubber bands
18. stickers
19. Markers
20. Crayons
21. Decorative stamps (stamp 10 rows of 10 on a piece of paper)
22. Playing cards
23. Collectible cards, such as Pokemon, Bakugan, etc.
24. Books you've read (write them down on a piece of paper)
25. Words you can write/read
26. Toothpicks
27. Deflated balloons (the class can inflate them up later)
28. List of 100 types of animals
29. Photographs (organized in an album)
30. Tally marks
31. Pieces of macaroni
32. Smarties
33. Marshmallows
34. Feathers
35. Birthday candles
36. Fingers (trace your hands 10 times)
37. Toes (trace your feet 10 times)
38. Fingerprints
39. Pretzels
40. Googly eyes
41. Nails
42. Screws
43. Washers
44. Shoelaces
45. Hair clips
46. Puzzle pieces
47. Raisins
48. Pipe cleaners
49. Craft pom poms
50. Marbles
51.

Golf pencils
52. Eraser toppers
53. Postcards
54. Goldfish crackers
55. Cotton swabs
56. Ziploc bags
57. Index cards
58. Pieces of paper
59. Paper snowflakes
60. Hole punches
61. Names for boys
62. Names for girls
63. Golf tees
64. Signatures (this can not be done last minute)
65. Stars (hand drawn)
66. Hearts (hand drawn)
67. Names of songs you know
68. Seashells
69. Collectible pins/buttons
70. Keys
71. Dominos
72. Hershey's Kisses
73. Grains of rice
74. Lipstick kisses (on paper, not on people!)
75. Action figures (a picture of 100 is probably more manageable than bringing them all to school)
76. Little plastic animals
77. Twist ties
78. Chocolate chips
79. Sequins (try gluing them into the shape of the number 100)
80. Packing peanuts
81. Paper cups
82. Paper plates
83. Matchbox cars
84. State Quarters
85. Glow sticks
86. Dice

Ideas for Classroom 100th Day Collections

87. Box Tops for Education
88. Cans of food for charity
89. Food labels
90. Recipes
91. Goals
92. Valentine's cards (the 100th day and Valentine's Day are almost invariably during the same week)
93. Children's books (for donation or just to read)
94. Creation made of 100 blocks
95. Stuffed animals
96. Addition problems
97. Subtraction problems
98. Multiplication problems
99. Division problems
100. Bubbles

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