Tuesday, February 3, 2009

100s Day

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.

Ms. Brice using the balance scale to count out 100 bears.

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.

Ms. Brice, Ms. Deay, and I made workmats to help with the exchanges.

All this resulted in about 30 minutes of rolling dice, counting beans, making exchanges and working together to save the 100 bears.

The Happy Bear Playground!

Counting out 100 M&Ms.

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.

Using empty rafts to count out 25 M&Ms

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!


Delwyn said...

What a wonderfully hands on learning experience for 100s day.

Mr. Kinder said...

Thanks! I was thinking about my son, Ted, in Togo, who is teaching junior high school math and English there.

In their schools the lecturer is king and any failure of learning is blamed on poor student motivation. Ted says the pedagogy is really old-school.

Here we do so much to give students experiences to learn from.