A day for 100

One hundred was the theme Wednesday for kindergartners at Grant Elementary School.
Thursday, February 3, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:11 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Students participated in a 100-item scavenger hunt, 100-piece puzzles and a 100-themed museum. They also made necklaces out of Cheerios and Life Savers that added up to 100 to celebrate the 100th day of school.

The event began with the scavenger hunt in Judi Schoonover’s class. Each student, armed with a clip-board, a piece of paper numbered from 1 to 100 and a pencil, set off searching the room. The red, yellow and blue numbered stickers were hung at a kindergartner’s eye level (or lower) on things all over the room, including walls, tables, book shelves and even on the cage of Mr. Big, the class pet guinea pig.

Students marked off the numbers on their clipboard as they found objects around the room. Students who completed the scavenger hunt received a 100th day of school cardboard hat.

“It’s a good way for the kids to reinforce numbers,” Schoonover said.

After the scavenger hunt, Jim Hogan’s fifth-grade class joined the kindergartners for necklace-making.

Each fifth-grader helped count as their kindergarten buddy strung 10 Life Savers and 90 Cheerios onto a ribbon.

The fifth-grade class regularly participates in activities with their kindergarten buddies. Every other Friday morning, Hogan’s class joins the kindergarten class to play games, read or write together.

“We usually do crafts,” said fifth-grader Jack Schoelz.

For the 100-themed museum, kindergartner Jack Parker made a rocket out of interlocking plastic construction toys called K’NEX.

“I just wanted to make one because I really like K’NEX,” he said. Other students counted out 100 items at home and brought them to school for the museum. Students brought in a variety of things such as beans, stickers and beads. Later, the students worked on 100-piece puzzles.

One-hundredth-day-themed books, such as “Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day,” “The 100th Day of School” and “I’ll Teach my Dog 100 Words,” were also a part of the celebration.

Schoonover said they have been celebrating the 100th day of school for at least 10 to 12 years and the celebration has grown into a national event.

“It’s amazing how much they learn through fun exciting things,” Schoonover said.

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