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Our First 100 Days

What can your class accomplish in 100 days? Students get to know each other and keep track of what happens at the beginning of the school year—or any 100 days!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Start a daily class diary. Every day for 100 days, students create a new page with highlights of the day. With 100 days, everyone in the class will get several turns to contribute. Here are a few ideas for creating a group journal using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.
    2. Number each day in big bold colors at the top of the page. Write about special events and highlights
    3. Include your name and introduce yourself. What are your hobbies? What’s your favorite school subject? Draw a self-portrait, your pets, or sport.
    4. Choose a new word for the day. Define and illustrate it.
    5. What’s happening with the weather? Record the temperature. Draw the sky: cloudy, sunny, a rainbow!
    6. List homework assignments. Absent classmates can check for their homework when they return.
    7. At the end of the 100 days, students celebrate their accomplishments together!
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Show how learning and physical development affect behavior.

    SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.

    SS: Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in group situations such as student, family member, peer play group member, or club member.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    • Have a spelling bee with all of the vocabulary words that are in the book at the end of the 100 days. </P>

    • Make a comparative weather chart. Determine the percentages of clear, cloudy, and rainy days. How does your weather compare to the climate in other parts of the country or world? </P>

    • Make charts to organize information. What is the ratio of cats to dogs? Who has more pets, girls or boys? </P>

    • Children with special needs often find it easier to write and draw with ultra-smooth Crayola Slick Stix™. Provide large sheets of paper for their journals. </P>

    • Assessment: At the end of each week, as a class review the content to see how fully each day’s events were captured. </P>


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