Happy 100th Day…. and…. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whew! We had a busy, busy week in first grade. With the 100th day of school and Valentine’s day back-to-back, it made for a fun, crazy, and exciting last two days of the week 🙂

100th Day

100th Day

Up first… the 100th day of school! It’s such a great milestone in our year. It means that we are 100 days into our journey- 100 days smarter and 100 days bigger! The kids {and teachers} love this day. It’s just a lot of fun- the kids are so proud of being in school this long and are so excited to celebrate!

We have the kids decorate capes at home, with 100 things on them of course! We wear the caps all day long and as one kiddo told me, “We’re just like super heroes!” Yes, we were 🙂

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

Capes!

Capes!

They all looked so awesome! We had stickers, pictures, stars, and pom pons! They all reflected the kid’s personalities and all looked so cool. They are the perfect thing to help us celebrate this important day.

We spent the day doing lots of exciting 100th day themed things, including…..

writing 100 words….

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

…..singing 100th day songs…..

100th Day

100th Day

….dancing to 100th day songs….

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

….finding, coloring, and graphing 100 pictures in the number 100…..

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

….rolling dice and coloring pictures up to 100…..

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

…..and seeing what weighed more than 100 coins!

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

It was a blast! Everything we did revolved around the number 100. It was a really great day and one we will all remember.

 

As if that wasn’t enough fun….. the next day was our Valentine’s Day celebration!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

We used candy hearts to sort, count, and graph in math.

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Of course, we also made these ADORABLE bags to hold all of our Valentine’s day cards.

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

They were so easy to make. The white heart was cut out for the kids and they had to cut up pieces of red and pink to make a mosaic. After, we just glued on their name and stapled to a brown lunch bag. It made for the perfect place to pass out and store our cards to each other!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

I didn’t get any other pictures because we were too busy celebrating! But the rest of our day included lots of Valentine’s day stories, Valentine’s day cards, and Valentine’s day snacks. We had a great celebration!

Overall, it was a great two days. They were filled with smiles, laughs, and lots of hugs! This is a great bunch of kiddo’s and I really enjoyed celebrating with them!

Thanks for checking out our first grade adventure!

100 Days of School!

 

100th Day!!!

100th Day!!!

Yesterday we celebrated the 100th day of school! The kids came in so excited and we spent the day doing all things “100”!

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

First up was making 100th Day crowns! The kids colored in their crowns that said “______ is 100 days smarter!” and we attached them to paper bands.

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

After lunch (we only had a half day of school), the kids put on their capes! Earlier in the month, we sent home cut pieces of tablecloth and told the students to make a 100th day cape! (many students made their own capes which was awesome too!) We got the idea from Pinterest (of course!) and did it last year. It was a BIG hit so we knew we had to repeat it this year. The kids can decorate their capes however they’d like! Many kids put 100 things on their capes.

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

100 fingers!

100 fingers!

Pink cape!

Pink cape!

I love how different they all are and how they reflect that student’s personality! I love seeing all their capes, and love how much fun the kids have in them 🙂

What did I wear? Not a cape. This year, one of my first grade co-workers came across the idea to make shirts with tally marks made of ribbon. The tally marks count to 100. So….

Shirt!

Shirt!

That’s what we made! How cute did they turn out? The kids loved it and right away were counting the tally marks. They were so excited to see the teacher’s celebrating too!

Up close

Up close

They were simple to make. We bought a bunch of ribbon from Wal-Mart and then just cut out pieces. Then, we hot glued them to t-shirts. They turned out so cute!

 

Next up, another fun 100th day activity! The kids cut out the numbers “1” “0” “0”…

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

…and then had to use those numbers to create a picture. They had to use their imagination and turn them into something else. Their ideas were awesome- as usual 🙂

A dog

A dog

A butterfly

A butterfly

A lion

A lion

A house

A house

An angry bird!

An angry bird!

A snowman

A snowman

A car

A car

These were just a few of the amazing ideas I saw! The kids really liked this activity and were giggling as they saw how everyone turned their numbers into something different.

Next up, a little moving! We love getting our wiggles out, so what a better way to do that than moving along while counting to 100! We did several songs where the kids had to do different exercises while counting, the Macarena while counting, and other sing-along songs!

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

We also read the story “It’s the 100th Day Stinky Face!” (we read a different Stinky Face story on Valentine’s day and the kids loved it)

In the story, he can’t think of what to bring for the 100th day of school. He ends up (spoiler alert!) bringing 100 questions.

After, I told the kids that we probably ask 100 questions in school everyday too! But we also probably can write 100 words as well. So I gave my little genius’ a question: Can you write 100 words? Yeah!

Book

Book

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

They were off! The kids were really focused. While they were writing, I could hear them say things like “Wow, I have half done!” “Oh man, I can’t wait to write 100 words!”. It was really cute 🙂

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

So, that about sums up our 100th day! It was filled with lots of fun things. The kids are definitely 100 days smarter, bigger, more creative, and turning into the most wonderful first graders! Here’s to the next 100 days!

Thanks for checking in on our adventure! Be sure to come back soon!

100th Day!

 

100th Day!

100th Day!

Today was the 100th day of school! We did it- we are 100 days smarter, 100 days bigger, and 100 days into first grade! We celebrated the day in many FUN ways. 🙂

For starters, after lunch we put on our 100 day capes! Last week, we sent home plastic capes and notes to families asking them to decorate the cape with 100 objects. They could use stickers, pictures, drawings, cereal, pom-pons, etc. to make their cape special. The kids were so excited when we told them they were going to make capes with 100 things- they kept saying they would look like super heroes! 🙂

So after lunch, the capes went on!

Class

Class

So here are my firsties all wearing their awesome capes! I was blown away by how creative and wonderful the capes were. I can tell how hard the kids and their families worked on these- they were AMAZING! Here are some close ups of a few capes…

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

Cape

 

Class

Class

The first activity we did was to write and draw about our capes. The students had to write a describing sentence about the objects they used on their capes and draw a picture of themselves.

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

Picture

 

After this the kids were off the music class (A big thanks to Mr. P for letting us wear our capes there!) and right after, we met in the gym with the other first grade classes.

The students got some time to check out each others capes and see their friends in other classes. At first the kids were very shy, but in a few minutes, they were talking, laughing running, and having fun with each other 🙂

I snapped a picture as we were leaving…

100 Day!

100 Day!

As we were leaving, a hand went in the air. “Ms. Tasch, do you think we could show our 5th grade buddies our capes?” How could I say no to that?! So up the stairs we went (on a mini parade) to show our fifth grade buddies (and a few other 4th grade classrooms) our capes. I think the kids loved showing them off 🙂

Back in the classroom, the students finished their writing/drawing papers while we also watched a short 100th day video called “The 100th Day of Circus School”.

100th Day

100th Day

Next, the kids got a 100th day paper with a big 100 number on it. Inside the number were different shapes. The students had to color each shape a specific color, count how many shapes there were, and graph each number.

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

100 Day Shape Hunt

To end the day, we did a really fun movement activity. The students were challenged to jump for…. 100 seconds! I found a cute YouTube video that counted up to 100 with some music and the kids had to jump the whole time!

Jumping

Jumping

Ok, the blurry picture is hard to see- but that shows how much they were moving! The kiddos were so into this! They jumped, jiggled, and shook the whole 100 seconds!

Jumping

Jumping

All done!

All done!

When we hit 100 seconds, they flopped down into their seats 😉

It was such a fun day! The kids were adorable in their capes, we did so many exciting activities, and got to share with the other classes how we made our capes.

It was the perfect way to celebrate being in first day 100 days. I want to tell the families again how much I appreciate you taking the time to make such wonderful capes! The kids loved it and I know they appreciate the support. Have a great weekend! See you next week to see what the 101st day of school brings 🙂

100th Day!

100th Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T, T, 0 (Can you tell what we’re learning about?)

Different types of objects of course!

But first… a sneak peak on my 100th day cape…

Zebra!

Zebra!

Can you tell what the theme is?

Light

Continuing with our unit on light, we’re learning all about how light passes through different types of objects- such as transparent objects, translucent objects, and opaque objects….. T, T, O!

The three types of objects were introduced with examples…

Sort

Sort

….that we sorted into the three categories (the lights are off in the picture because we held up a flashlight to each object!)

The examples of transparent objects (clear things that let ALL the light pass through) were plastic writing sleeves, plastic bins, and a baggie. The translucent things we sorted (things that let SOME light pass through) were a white plastic bag, a piece of paper, and a colored square. Finally, the opaque objects (things that don’t let ANY light pass through) were a book, a magazine, and a mouse pad.

The next day, we reviewed these types of objects…

Review

Review

…together as a class. Then- we discussed where we saw more of these examples in the room.

Once we really knew what these objects were…. it was time for a ROOM HUNT!

The kids objective was to go around the room with a recording worksheet to find examples of things that were transparent, translucent, and opaque! After a few quick reminders, they were off!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

I love the above picture- how inquisitive is that!? It brought up a great example and discussion about what type of object that chart was…. opaque or translucent!?

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

I’m loving the above picture as well…. I caught her in deep thought 🙂

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

Room hunt!

One of the main reasons I love doing things like this- besides the fact that it gets them engaged through moving- is that it really makes the kids apply what they know. They have to find real examples and analyze which category it should be put into. This means they really have to understand the meanings and apply that knowledge to the situation. (But to the kiddos- it’s just fun! One boy came up to me doing the hunt and said “I just LOVE this!)

Discussion

Discussion

Afterwards, we gathered in a circle and talked with each other and partners about what we found.

Discussion

Discussion

Sometimes partner discussions work better than whole class discussions, because everyone is so excited to share what they found! With partners, they all get a chance to share and lessens the shouting out of turn 🙂

Discussion

Discussion

If you want to check out some of the other worksheets we’ve used during this unit on light, look at my TpT store for the 37 page Light pack I’ve created!

Light!

Light!

Just click here: Light Pack!

 

100th Day Cape

Parents- did you start working on the 100th day cape?

The idea is this: we want a fun way to celebrate the 100th day of school! One of the first grade teachers saw the idea of the kids creating a cape at home with 100 objects on it. On Friday, the kids will bring their capes to school and we’ll use them throughout the day for lots of fun activities!

I made mine this weekend. It started with this…

Supplies

Supplies

….and turned into this…

Cape!

Cape!

I found everything I needed at Wal-mart for only a couple of dollars. I thought the kids would love all of the animals and that the cheetah print in the middle fit the theme!

I hope your capes are starting to get made at your homes! Remember, you can attach 100 of anything- things you find around the home, things you make, things you buy- onto the cape. ALSO- if you don’t want to use the plastic tablecloth we sent home, feel free to use cloth or other types of fabric (I got the pink fabric at Wal-mart for about $3)

Bring the capes to school Friday for a fun, fabulous, and SUPER 100th day!

I can’t wait to see them!!!! 🙂