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One project which can be completed at home is to bring in 100 items which have been collected. Perhaps these items represent something that is already collected as a hobby. Or, it may be that the collection is simply something from around the house. Here is a list of items students have brought in to my own classroom in the past:
- Cotton balls
- Hot Wheels cars
- Rubber bands
- Trading Cards
- Paper clips
- Sea shells
For this idea, it is best to keep the items small in scale. Bringing in 100 balloons to celebrate the 100th day of school might sound like a fun idea...but logistically, it can be difficult within the classroom setting.
It is a good idea to find a unique way to display your collection. For example, the rubber bands could be strung around a pencil. Or, the paper clips could be clipped to the outer-edge of a piece of paper. Clean, glass jars make wonderful vessels to display collections such as these. By displaying your collection in this manner, the observer gains a better understanding of just how much space 100 pieces of the selected item takes up.
To further demonstrate a working knowledge of what the number 100 really means, you might consider grouping the items by 10 - to represent that 10 groups of 10 is the same as 100. This can easily be accomplished by creating 10 piles of 10, or simply attaching the items to a poster board and then using a colorful marker to draw circles around each of the 10 groups.
Teachers typically display these collections - at least for the afternoon - and often ask the student to share what it is they have chosen to collect. For this reason, one should be prepared to speak and answer questions.
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Sometimes, teachers ask that these collections take the form of service projects for the 100 days of school. With that in mind, here is a list of items one might consider collecting with the idea that the collection would then be given to those in need:
- Stuffed animals for the local fire department or EMT service
- Children's blankets for an area homeless shelter
- Seed packets for urban garden programs
- Toiletries for people serving in the military overseas
- Books for a children's hospital or even for a classroom in a sister city
- Cans of food for the food pantry
- Used sports equipment for after-school programs
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Whatever you decide to do, remember to have fun! The 100th day of school is very special, and only comes around once a year! If you have more ideas, please feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section below.