In case you’ve missed our 100th Day journey, be sure to catch up on our previous conversations here. And then stay tuned to read about what actually happened–spoiler alert: it was AMAZING!!
We began the day much like we normally do, with our regular routine of washing our hands and then working on the math apps we use every day: Front Row and Dreambox. I got together some supplies, Tyrin took our pizza orders for lunch, and then we all got together to start our 100th Day of School.
We had narrowed down our choices to the ones that most closely matched our purpose for the day (reflecting upon or thinking about learning), but still we would not have been able to do all of those things in just the time we’re together on a normal school day, so I had to whittle it down even further. Also, since we had come up with the SUPER list from our Little Red Riding Hood book as well, we actually had a new (and pretty big) job that we had added.
And since I can’t leave well enough alone, I gave them one more reminder about how this wasn’t truly our “100th” day, so we did a little bit of math: 176 + 176 + 100=452, meaning we were actually celebrating the 452nd day we had been in school! WOW! Too bad we couldn’t have had a whole list of activities related to that number!
First, I gave them a framework for book that we had decided to write together about our 100 days of 2nd grade and how much we had learned. There were stems on each page that kiddos were supposed to fill in, and since we were doing it on our iPads, they could use pictures from their camera roll, drawings (that would then be added by taking a picture), typing or writing on the pages. We use a Learning Management System called eBackpack to give and receive work, so they were to work on their pages (each kiddo was given 5) and then send them back to me.
Once they got started working, I began to call small groups over to start making muffins (based on our super smart ideas from Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale by Lisa Campbell Ernst) to share with our 2nd grade friends. There are conveniently (if you’re connecting to the number 100) 101 kiddos in our grade, so we had a lot of baking to do; we had figured out through some HARD work the day before that we needed to make 9 batches in order to have enough. Wow.
Well, thankfully, my friend (who typically comes to help us during Math on Thursdays anyway) was free in the morning today, because looking back now there is NO WAY we could have made 100 muffins with 21 kiddos with just me. Thanks, Mary Beth! She took one table and I manned another one and we measured and poured, stirred and scooped and ultimately took all of our muffin tins to the Robinson kitchen to be baked. Again, if not for Ms. Denise in the kitchen who took charge of the ovens, we wouldn’t have had any muffins. She was a lifesaver today.
Although I would have love to add pictures of the many trips we took to the kitchen and back, and share a picture of Ms. Denise, as well as how beautiful our muffins were while they were baking, I was carrying muffin tins and opening doors and having to be a teacher (hee hee), so you’ll just have to imagine that part. I also wish there was smell-o-vision so I could share how wonderful our muffins smelled while they were baking (believe me, I was told my multiple people that they could smell them all over the school!), but alas, not this time. Just imagine the most amazing aroma ever and that’s what it was like. 🙂 Ultimately we only ended up making 8 dozen (not sure what happened there), so we had to do some quick math about our shortage (which was a great lesson in scarcity!) and figure out how we could best share with our friends as well as have some muffins for ourselves.
After we figured out how many muffins we had:
we made some plans for how we’d get them to our friends. We agreed (ok, well they did after I convinced them) that it was the right thing to do to give muffins to the other 2nd graders before we served ourselves and so we go together in groups and created little pitches to share with them about what we did and how we wanted to give so to them.
We had a little bit of time after both muffins and our book (but more about that in another post–we have some revising and editing to do there before we’re ready to share), so kiddos had a choice of a board game, reading, or writing. I always love to see what they do when they are in charge:
Because our day was filled with two other special events (roller skating in PE and a farewell assembly for a beloved custodian), we only had time for one more thing, and we decided it should be puzzles. After that conversation the other day and the question from Ja’Mia, we knew it would be fun, hard work and would definitely allow us to use all of the grit, patience and teamwork we’ve been building lately. Look at what we were able to do!
For all the thought (perhaps OVER-thought) that I put into this day, I am pleased with what happened. It was all that we wanted it to be (which was to focus on learning and growing) and we had fun along the way. I think that they things we chose to participate in match up with what we are about everyday (engagement, choice, thinking, teamwork). I enjoyed the day, and I’m pretty sure they did, too. The last thing I heard before we left for the day was “This was the best 100th Day EVER!” I agree, friend, I agree! 🙂
I’m glad that this day was a success. Thanks for sharing your thinking. Did you ask your kids what they thought? It would be interesting to hear their reflections. Maybe they can help you out for next year. 🙂
Didn’t have time for that yet. We will talk about it when we return on Monday. The smiles and engagement definitely told me something, though. 🙂 Thanks for reading!
What an incredible day of collaboration, planning, learning and fun! Wow!
Thanks! It was really enjoyable for all, and perhaps the best part was that we all had a hand in making it happen. 🙂