I've seen so many fun primary 100 day celebrations in the blogging world lately, I knew I wanted to have a similar celebration in my classroom, only geared to my older grades. We have also just started our Classroom Olympics, so I knew I wanted to tie that it. For our Olympics, my students are divided into 5 groups in the classroom (mixed grade 5 and 6 students, genders, and abilities). Each group took on a country name, and gold medals are handed out for various reasons during various points of the day (when I catch them doing something great).
We started our celebration this morning, coming up with a graffiti board of 100 different ways to conserve energy. Each group had to come up with 20 different ways (first group to finish won a gold medal, as well as the group that showed the most team work). From there, each group had to add their 20 ideas to a whole group graffiti poster (each group wrote in a different colour). It was a pretty impressive display when all had finished.
In the interests of sharing (and maybe prompting me to buy more moisturizer), I'll share mine. I did one up for myself (and have displayed it, too) to lend a little moral support to the ones who were a little apprehensive to share their pics with the class (grade 6 girls ... enough said). And of course, if I had a student who really didn't want to share their pic or their writing, I wouldn't make them. So far, we're all in. :)
If you would like a copy of the graphic organizer we used, I've uploaded a copy to google docs. Click HERE to download a copy.
We finished our 100 day celebration in math. We have just finished up our measurement unit, and are just about to start into geometry, so I thought I'd treat our class like a diagnostic for our upcoming unit. Each group got a piece of chart paper and a set of markers. I told them that each task was a medal event, and the first team to correctly finish the task would win a gold medal. To celebrate 100 our tasks were:
- draw an angle with a measure of 100 degrees
- draw a circle with a circumference of 100 cm (I was surprised they found this one difficult)
- draw a quadrilateral with a perimeter of 100 cm
- draw a polygon with an area of 100 cm2
- draw a prism with a volume of 100 cm3 (I wasn't surprised they found this one so difficult - no medal winners for this task)
So much fun!!! I KNOW the students had a lot of fun learning today. We stayed on task with our current units of study, awarded a lot of gold medals, and celebrated our learning. This is definitely going to be a tradition I continue in my classroom.