In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about one hundred. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. One Hundred topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About One Hundred
Hundred Field Day
If possible, hold a field day on your hundredth day of school. Plan different exercises and physical activities that students can do individually, with partners, or small groups. Instruct your class to do one hundred activities in all. Students may want to do ten sit-ups, ten shuttle runs, ten jumping jacks, ten hops, and so on until they reach one hundred activities. Have students keep track of what they did and have partners or small groups help each other count.
Hundred Hat Day
Have students bring in an old hat or make one out of paper. Then have students glue one hundred items to their hats. They can use paper clips, dried pasta, buttons, beads, stickers, etc. To make counting easier, have them separate the items into equal groups on their hats. For example, they might want to make ten groups of ten items or twenty groups of five items. Have students wear their hats and walk around the room to model their work. You may wish to have a partner double-check the number of items.
Hundred Paper Clips
Have pairs or small groups clip 100 paper clips together. Then have students measure things in the room that are as long, shorter than, and longer than the paper clip chain. Have students record what they find and draw pictures of their items. Then connect all the chains together to practice counting on by hundreds.
Fill in the Blanks
Hand out blank hundred charts to your students. Using one color, have them fill in only the numbers that end in 0 or the “counting by tens” numbers. Then challenge them to fill in the numbers that end in 5 in a different color. Using a third color, ask them to begin filling in the even numbers on the chart, starting at 2. Finally, ask them to fill in the missing numbers with black. What patterns do they notice? How can the patterns help them to add, multiply or skip-count?
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About One Hundred
Have your child collect one hundred pennies. He or she can do chores around the house to earn pennies or earn them for good behavior. Every few days, count the pennies together. Practice counting by twos, fives, and tens. Then after your child collects one hundred pennies, have him or her divide the coins into equal groups. How many coins would be in five equal groups? How many would be in two equal groups? Encourage your child to save pennies to buy something in the future.
Rolling to One Hundred
Together with your child, create a hundred chart. Your child can number squares in graph paper or create his or her own on a plain piece of paper. Just be sure that there are ten rows and ten columns. Have your child number the squares. Then use a number cube or die to roll a number. Have your child color that number on the chart. Then roll again and have your child add on to the previous number. For example, if your child rolls a 5, he or she can color the number 5 on the chart. Then if he or she rolls a 3, he or she can count on 3 squares to color 8. Continue coloring until you reach 100. You can turn this activity into a game if you use game pieces instead of coloring the numbers. Each player can roll the die and move their piece forward to see who gets to 100 first.
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