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 weptchr Joined: Jul 2006 Posts: 18 New Member
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5th grade 100th day of school ideas
01-29-2011, 02:16 PM
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I have been scouring the internet for fun ways for 5th graders to celebrate the 100th day of school. I find plenty for younger students but not many for older ones. I teach math so would love any math ideas/activities any of you may have.

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01-29-2011, 02:54 PM
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I have the kids figure out how many days they've gone to school in all their years... (1000 including K)

Last year I had them do a writing assignment using exactly 100 words.

We did powers of ten one year...

I have no idea what we're doing this year - but I guess I'd better start thinking!

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01-29-2011, 03:25 PM
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We celebrate the 1000th day in school also. In the past I have used pennies for a variety of tasks. They have to calculate how long 1000 pennies would be, how much 1000 pennies would weigh. They have graphed the years of pennies, etc.

I like the powers of 10 idea, too.

With all our snow days we won't be reaching 1000 for a while.

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1,000th day
01-29-2011, 03:44 PM
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We celebrate their 1,000th day of school. We collect 1,000 pennies to donate. They get an additional 1,000 seconds of recess and read silently for 1,000 seconds. Using the pedometers, they will track 1,000 steps in the gym. In writing, they will create a memory book of their past 1,000 days of school with events from each grade. Lots of fun!!!!

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You did say 100,
01-29-2011, 06:18 PM
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right? Some of the posts said 1,000th so I wanted to be sure. Here are some ideas that might work for you:

Give students a representative sample of height records for all 5th graders. From this information they are to find the mean, median, and mode. Then using the mean, they figure the distance one hundred 5th graders would cover if laid end to end.

Make a trail mix using 100 items of each ingredient.

Make a class book: If I had \$100.00, I would buy ________. Xerox a 100 bill (yeah, I know you have one in your purse ) on the page and have each child write or draw what they would buy.

Trace each others' feet, tape them end to end down the hall or on the wall and put a different colored one or something to indicate every 10 feet so the students can see exacty how many 100 foot prints are OR see how far they go so they have to use measuring skills.

Have three jars of candy (or?) with one of them having 100 in it. Let the students guess which jar has the 100 (don't make each jar have the same thing so it's harder). Give the candy or whatever you use out at the end of the day as prizes or just share them.

Make 100 Valentine cards for a nursing home or to send to soldiers - or actually, any kind of card.

Clip 100 paper clips together and let the students measure and see if things are the same as, longer than or shorter than the chain. You could make it a contest to see who gets the most right.

Have the students draw a picture of what they will look like when they are 100 years old. You could have them write about the picture also if you need more activities to go with the project. This should be a hoot if you have a fun class.

Can you find some 100 piece puzzles and have the students get in groups and see how long it takes to put the puzzles together? Then they could be donated to a nursing home or senior center or something.

Have students write a list of 100 things (remind them it does not have to be material things) that they are thankful for (sorry about ending in a preposition).

Probably could come up with some more if you are interested.

Have at least 100 minutes of fun with whatever you decide to do.

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map skills on 100th day
01-29-2011, 08:09 PM
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Using our state map, I have my students use the map scale and measure out where they would be if the traveled 100 miles north, south, east, and west of our town.

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01-30-2011, 05:32 AM
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Yes, some messages do say 1000. Fifth graders will have had one thousand days of school when they reach their one hundredth day in fifth grade. This is based on 180 days of school each year. 180 times 5 = 900. Add 100 and you get a thousand.

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Thanks for the info.
01-30-2011, 05:55 AM
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We don't do this so I didn't even think about that.

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100th fay mosaic
01-30-2011, 06:35 AM
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My students made a mosaic using 100 beans. They could use 5 different types of beans, and determined how many of which kind by adding fractions of unlike denominators. They could choose 5 of 6 denominators, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, or 50.

so, you want 1/4 of your mosaic to be lima beans? That would be 25 beans. You think 3/50 could be lentils? How many beans would that be?

The quicker students figured out that it is easier to figure out what 1/4, 1/5, 1/10, 1/20, 1/25, and 1/50 of 100 are. From there, they could just manipulate the numerators until they had 100.

The kids had a love/hate relationship with this project, but I thought it was fun!

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Thank you
01-30-2011, 08:08 PM
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What great ideas!

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