The Night Before the 100th Day of School, “100 Days Older, Smarter, & Cool”

“‘Twas the night before the 100th day when I started to worry. What’ll I bring into school? I need something in a hurry.”

Most students are approaching their 100th Day of School. Our kids are excited for Thursday, February 5th to celebrate their 100th Day by dressing up like they are 100 years old! See how other students celebrate in Natasha’s Wing’s creative poem.

Introducing Our Featured Friend: The Night Before the 100th Day of School
by Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Mindy Pierce

‘Twas the night before the 100th day
when I started to worry.
What’ll I bring into school?
I need something in a hurry.

Most kids had their 100 items ready for the party at school: 100 pencils, 100 cars, 100 jelly beans, 100 gold stars. But, every time the main character, a young boy, counted his items, he came up short . . .until he thought of something that no one else would bring: ants!

He waited patiently the next day in class while everyone had a turn during Share Time. Then he headed to the front of the room excitedly. Maybe a bit too eager, because he stepped on a marble and he and the ants went rolling! 100 ants spilled onto the classroom floor. He quickly put his lunch crumbs on the floor to direct the ants  back to their farm instead of toward the celebration cake:

“Now that Share Time is over
and the last ant is in . . .
It’s time for our party.
Let the celebration begin.

Are you ready for cake?”
We all shouted, “Yes!”
Then we blew out the candles.
How many? Just guess.

 Inviting You to Become FRIENDS with The Night Before Series:
, Relate, Imagine, Explore, Navigate, Develop, Share

Select a few activities from the kid-friendly book guide while reading this poem:

F- How do you feel about the night before a special event, like the 100th Day of School?

R- Can you relate to how the students celebrated the 100th Day of School in this poem? How does your class celebrate?

I- Imagine that you could bring 100 of anything you wanted for the celebration. What would you bring? (I’d bring 100 dolphins . . . real ones!)

E- Explore 75 Ideas for Celebrating the 100th Day of School and select your favorites:

N- Navigate through a “Counting to 100 Scavenger Hunt” with this free printable (Perfect for February: Hearts)

D- Develop a “Before & After Picture” of yourself by folding a paper in half and labeling the sides: “Before ____Grade”  and “After 100 Days in ____Grade” . . . Include changes such as physical characteristics (i.e. lost baby teeth, change of hair dues, height), academic growth (concepts you learned so far), social growth (friends you’ve met), and such.

S- Share your favorite parts of the first 100 days of school with the class by drawing pictures in the 00’s of 100 on computer paper or poster board. . . Brainstorm: What subject have you liked the most? What activity have you enjoyed? What’s your favorite activities at recess? What’s your favorite school lunch?


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2 Responses to The Night Before the 100th Day of School, “100 Days Older, Smarter, & Cool”

  1. Natasha Wing says:

    Reblogged this on Natasha Wing and commented:
    Links to ideas for teachers.

  2. Natasha Wing says:

    Great ideas for teachers. Please share with your friends.

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