Monday was the 100th day of kindergarten. We've been methodically keeping track of each day's passing.
As do many classrooms in America, we celebrated the 100th day of school with a special activity.
In our case, it was "saving" 100 bears from a bucket and ferrying them across a blue "pond" (our mat, actually) to a happy bear playground. The mode of transport was a collection of ice cream stick rafts made by hand in kindergarten.
To save 100 bears, we first had to count out 100 bears. We counted 10 bears and then used the balance scale to count out 9 more groups of 10 bears. Counting by 10 we knew we had 100 bears to save.
The raft game comes from the math program we use, Everyday Math.
The game gives students practice rolling dice, collecting beans and exchanging 5 loose beans for a stick with 5 beans glued to it. Another exchange is made when 5 sticks are collected--the 5 sticks can be turned in for a raft.
All this resulted in about 30 minutes of rolling dice, counting beans, making exchanges and working together to save the 100 bears.
When, finally, all 100 bears were saved, we celebrated by giving each table of 4 students 100 chocolate candies to divide among themselves, 25 each. We used rafts without beans glued on them to help with counting out 5 X 5 beans.
The kids had a good time. They sure were active, engaged, and loud!
I went home with a headache, probably brought on by eating too many M&Ms. Something in those things must be toxic; they certainly are addictive!