Last year I made a jump down to primary after teaching “big” kids for the previous 9 years. When I last taught 1st graders there was no such thing as celebrating the 100th Day of School. So when that day came near, I began to consider (like I do with everything else that fits into the “it’s-what-we-do” or “it’s-the-way-it’s-always-been-done” category) what we should (or shouldn’t) do on this day in Rm. 202. I asked many of my own questions, as well as having conversations with others who were asking the same things.
We ended up deciding on taking on a pretty big challenge in our classroom to write 100 blog posts, and secondly to try to read 100 books. It was a great day of fun, learning, stretching our brains, working together, solving problems and really figuring out just how big 100 is! It took us all day, but we made our goal of all of those blog posts and boy, were we proud!
So…as we near the 100th day again (next Thursday!), I’m asking 100th Day questions again. If I have certain thoughts and feelings about it in regards to 1st graders, how do those apply when I’m now teaching those friends as 2nd graders? Unlike last year, I decided to take that question to my kiddos.
I explained my thinking, and we talked about what we should do; probably our challenge should be bigger than the one we took as 1st graders, right? We decided to brainstorm all of our smart ideas (thanks Landen for volunteering to be our recorder!) and then whittle them down from there.
Here’s our list:
While it’s true that there are no “bad” ideas when you’re brainstorming, we did agree to only add things that we thought would truly be challenges for us, and not just things that were “fun” or “cute.” I’d say that they did a pretty good job of coming up with some fun and meaningful choices. But how would we decide which of those were the ones we end up doing?
We are currently in an opinion writing unit and I took this as a great opportunity to continue to hone our skills of sharing our thoughts, giving strong reasons and relevant evidence. So, kiddos were asked to write me a letter (which we’ve also been practicing) to tell me their top 3 choices, along with 3 good reasons why they want to do those things on our 100th day. What a meaningful and engaging way to put all of our new skills to work!
We haven’t made any final decisions for our big day, but the front runners right now seem to be puzzles, the 100 dot design challenge (building), playing the 100 game (which is something we do regularly in math), and playing board games. Can’t wait to see what we end up choosing, and then documenting what actually happens–stay tuned!
I’d love to hear about your 100th day questions and thoughts! Leave me a comment and let’s chat about it!