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Two Ideas for 100 days of School Projects: Collections

written by: Elizabeth Wistrom • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 3/2/2012

Have your class collect objects as a way of celebrating the 100th day of school! Display collections to teach about the number 100, or have students bring in collections of objects to donate as a service project.

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    100th day The 100th day of school is certainly a milestone worth noting! After all, having 100 days of completed classes under your belt is quite an achievement. Often, teachers ask their students to participate by completing a related project. Here are two ideas on the theme of collections.

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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:

    • Starbursts
    • Cotton balls
    • Pennies
    • Hot Wheels cars
    • Rubber bands
    • Trading Cards
    • M&Ms
    • Paper clips
    • Crayons
    • Marbles
    • Leaves
    • Sea shells
    • Rocks

    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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    Service Projects

    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.

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