Monday, March 31, 2014

Silly McGilly and the 100th day

The 100th day of school started off with Zero the Hero's gift to the kids.....Their own capes with the initial of their first names on the back of each cape! To enter the room was a GIANT 100 and some super heroes. Students had to walk through the yellow zero to get into the room.

On the 100th day we made our own trail mix. We used chocolate chips, gummy bears, Cheerios, Fruit Loops, raisins, marshmallows, mini M&Ms, Chex cereal, Goldfish, and Skittles. We used a hundred chart to keep track of our counting and to make sure we used the right amount of each trail mix item. 

We also made a 100 topping pizza, and students used a dot marker to create a 100 dot gum ball machine. I surprised the kids by using the app Aging Booth to make the kids into 'old people' then after showing the kids they answered questions about what they would wear when they were 100, what they would eat, what they would do, and what they think it will be like when they turn 100. My favorite response was when one kid said that he would spend his time playing video games with his grandchildren. So cute!!

Kicking off March

To begin the month of March we had a special visitor in our class named Silly McGilly. Silly McGilly was a special leprechaun stuffed toy that we put in the window of our classroom. According to the story when you put the toy in the window a leprechaun would come visit the classroom. We thought the leprechaun would do fun things in the classroom but we never thought he would cause problems! Silly McGilly made a tower with blocks and then left them all out, he took out our white boards and wrote us messages, he changed our names around on our lockers and he left green foot prints in the class! 

One day Silly McGilly left us a stack of cups. In a note from our leprechaun friend it said that if we decorated the cups and left them out over night he would shrink the cups and turn them into a hat! We left them out on a Wednesday night and the next day all our hats were shrunk!

After Silly McGilly left we wrote about how we would catch a leprechaun. Students wrote one or two sentences explaining their process. I found this activity especially exciting because the kids could write mostly on their own. Hardly any kids needed my help and if they did they asked for my help! I am just so proud of the progress all the kids have made in their writing this year!!


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