How Much is a Hundred?
Hundred’s Day is so much fun in the early grades, but I have found that it can also be fun when you add the older children into the excitement!
Our focus in this activity is comparing how 100 can be big in size, or 100 can be small in size. For instance, 100 could fit in the palm of your hand if you were talking about 100 staples or 100 grains of rice. 100 can be huge if we are talking about 100 cars in the parking lot or a pile of 100 coats.
How stinky do you think 100 shoes might be?
Could you read 100 books? Even that could be compared. 100 textbooks versus 100 paperback picture books. Those stacks would be an interesting comparison!
Upper elementary aged students have a spectacular time creating a movie to be shown to the younger students in honor of hundred’s day.
Digital still pictures are required, yet many students wanted to use the video camera and add the commentary with their comparisons. Both are nice!
In addition, when I did this with my class, the younger grades had made collections of 100 objects in many different ways and my students photographed these and quickly dropped them into the end of the movie for added excitement from the younger children! One class had to wear their collections on their T-shirts so those photos were great with the smiling youngsters! Other classes had to put them on a poster board, so those photos were easier to take before the day of celebration.
Our sixth grade classes that made these movies and joined in the celebrations had a spectacular time while also learning comparative mathematical skills along with photography, digital movie making, and cooperative teamwork skills.
In the reproducible pages that follow you will find the rubric to provide to students and the sign-up sheets to use so objects aren’t duplicated among various groups. When making the movie you can either use a digital movie making software application such as iMovie or a presentation tool such as PowerPoint.
Another project offered by Kathy Cothran, The Original Gadget Girl