100 Days of School

Celebrating the 100th Day of School is an exciting event in elementary classrooms, and this post rounds up some classroom-tested activities that your students are sure to love!

Photo of I am 100 Days Brighter stars on glow wands with text, "Celebrating 100 Days of School"


I begin every school day with attendance on the SMART Board. My students LOVE doing attendance this way! On the odd day when the computer isn't working properly, and I can't pull one up, the day can hardly begin! I have many that I can rotate through, but the 100th Day of School, of course, gets something special!

Photo of 100th Day of School SMART Board Attendance

Each morning also begins with a Swiper Challenge on our hundreds chart. This is one way I spiral my number sense skills throughout the school year - my students need to find the sum (or difference) to get the missing numbers back from Swiper. You can read more about that {HERE}. Check out the numbers Swiper grabbed last year on the 100th Day... he's clever, isn't he?! ;)

Photo of pocket 100s chart with "Swiper Challenge" and missing numbers

From here, I have a bunch of different activities that the students can choose from throughout the day. Being a special day, I like to move away from our usual routine and offer my students a little bit of flexible choice. I have a variety of writing and word work activities that I go back to year after year simply because the students have so much fun with them.

Photo of 100th Day of School Activities with bright school supplies.

We create a 100-word collection,

Photo of page from 100-word collection with the title "10 friends"

brainstorm 100 things we'd like to do before we are 100 years old,

Photo of child brainstorming 100 things they'd like to do before they turn 100 years old.

and write about what we would do with $100!

Photo of "If I had $100" writing page.

Of course, math is integrated into everything we do throughout the day. There are lots of counting opportunities, and since I teach 2/3, I take the opportunity to practice our skip counting and multiples to 100.

During writing, I surprised my students with this writing paper, created using the free Aging Booth app. The students' reactions were PRICELESS, and the motivation to write was amazing when they saw their aged photos! 

Photo of "When I am 100 years old" writing page with colorful school supplies and clipboard.

I've included a link to this app and customizable writing papers for you to do with your own students in my 100th Day of School Writing & Word Work package!

Cover of 100th Day of School Writing and Word Work resource

A week or so before our celebration, I ask my students to start thinking about how they can create a collection of 100 at home to bring and share with their classmates. I did show them some ideas last year and was very impressed with the variety of projects that came to school on that day! These were two of my favorites:
Photo of two 100th Day collections
What would a party be without gifts?! Since we collect Brag Tags in our classroom, there definitely needed to be one for our 100th Day celebration!

Photo of 100th Day of School brag tag

And party favors are also a must! One of my absolute favorite resources in my TpT store is my 100th Day Brighter tags for glow wands! They are always a hit with my students!

Photo of star-shaped gift tags on glow bracelets with text "I am 100 Days Brighter"



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Celebrating the 100th Day of School is an exciting event in elementary classrooms, and this post rounds up some classroom-tested activities that your students are sure to love!

2 comments

  1. "I would be rich, happy, and awesome"? Haha! I love it!

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    1. I know, right?! lol We clearly need to spend some time on magnitude! :)

      ~Erin

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