The Celebration of the 100th Day of School

By Susan Soler, February 27, 2017

Grade Level

  • PreK-1


  • Architecture

Subject Area

  • Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Lesson Time

Five days, 45 minutes each (Can also be ongoing)


  • Students will prepare their 100 days collection for a museum.
  • Since the first day of school, they have been putting items in a coffee can.
  • Each month, they take them out and count them. The design challenge will be how to display them and create a museum.

National Standards

  • KCC.1 count to 100 by one's and ten's
  • KCC.2 counting
  • KCC.3 writing numbers
  • KCC.4 Understanding relationship between numbers and quantities
  • WK.1 Use a combination of drawing  and dictation to compose.
  • SLK.1 participate in collaboration and conversation


  • Students will gather and count their collections
  • Students will be able to count up to one hundred by one's, fives and ten's


  • Hannah's Collections by Martha Jocelyn
  • Museums and store displays.
  • One Hundred Ways to Get to 100 by Jerry Pallotta, Scholastic, 2003 (ISBN: 0-439-38913-5)
  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews, Scholastic, 1992 (ISBN: 0-590-46479-5)
  •  Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, Dutton Children’s Books NY, 1998 (ISBN: 0-525-46000-4)
  • 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days by Bruce Goldstone, Henry Hott and Company, LLC, 2010 (ISBN: 978-0-8050-8997-4)
  • 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler, Simon and Schuster, 2000 (ISBN: 0-689-82979-5)
  • Hetty’s 100 Hats by Emma Dodd, Good Books, 2005 (ISBN: 1-56148-456-3)
  •  Henry’s 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson, Viking, 2004 (ISBN: 0-670-05977-3)
  • Jake’s 100th Day of School by Lester L. Laminack, Peachtree, 2006 (ISBN: 978-1-56145-355-9)


  • Coffee cans
  • Items around the classroom, such as tape, glue, poster boards.
  • Fabric
  • Recycled materials that can be used for display.


  • Tchotchkes-trinkets
  • Collections- a mulitiset
  • Display-something shown in public
  • Galleries-rooms where works of art are shown


  1. Start collecting items on the first day of school.
  2. Count items monthly.
  3. Visit displays and museums.
  4. Write about the collections.
  5. Talk about how to display their collections to an audience.
  6. Talk and write about their titles.
  7. Create posters and invitations.
  8. Take pictures of collections to display on the bulletin board.


  • How they can count by 1's, 5's and 10's to 100 at the end of this project?
  • They can work on exhibiting their work in an artistic manner.
  • Each student has chosen a way to display that suits their hand-motor coordination and their ability to count.
  • Gauge the way they are comfortable with the museum opening.

Enrichment Extension Activities

  • Extend more mathematical thinking.
  • Create more activities to visit museums and galleries.
  • Look at how people display their work.

Teacher Reflection

  • It was a wonderful project. It needed some tweaking.
  • By assigning each student to a specific object may be easier.
  • The 100th day is celebrated all over the country. Making it a challenge in itself was rewarding. The parents and others were amazed.
  • The empowerment of the students, the gleam and pride filled the room with wonder.
  • Every piece was taken home and photographs were displayed as a memory.
  • The students received so much from this experience both socially and academically.

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