February 5, 2004


Dear First and Second Graders,

          Did you know that we’ve been in school 91 days already this year?  Wednesday, February 25th (if we don’t have any snow days before then) will be the 100th day of this school year.  We will celebrate the 100th Day of school. 

          Students are asked to complete a project at home for the 100th Day Celebration.  All projects will be due by February 25th and will be displayed in the hallway for all to see.  We will start sharing projects on Monday, February 23rd.  That's the day after vacation!  If you don't want to work on your project over vacation then you should do it next week before vacation starts!


Some Project Ideas:

1.  Collect 100 beads, stickers, fingerprints, rubber stamp prints, pieces of macaroni, or other small objects.  Glue them on poster board or cardboard to create a picture or message. 


2.  Make a necklace of 100 things.


3.  Make a collage of 100 pictures.


4.  Write 100 math facts.  Display them in a creative way.


          In addition to the idea you choose above you must also hand in a piece of writing which explains your project.  Your piece of writing should answer the questions explained on your 100th Day Checklist.


          Be creative!  If you have a better idea for a project, share it with a teacher!  Your project should represent “100” accurately.  Putting 100 of something in a jar is not acceptable because we can't see to count without pouring them out.  Be proud of your work!  Remember:  You have two weeks to think about and complete this assignment; no one should bring in a project, which is less than his or her best work.  Families are welcome to help students.  However, all writing and ideas should be the child’s and not the adult’s. If you have any questions, ask! 


          If you need ideas, look at my photos of previous student work.  They are in school in the album and also can be viewed through our classroom web page.











Checklist for the 100th Day of School Project


Check off each of the following steps as you do them:

˙             Read the project ideas carefully.  Think about what you would like to do.  Discuss your ideas with an adult in your home.

˙             Ask the adult to initial here: ____


˙             Write about what you plan to do on the lines below.




˙             Use a pencil to draw a plan of your project in the box below.  We don’t need a lot of details, just enough to be able to understand what you plan to do.






˙             Ask Miss Miller to approve your idea.  Everyone should have his or her idea approved by Tuesday, February 10. Initials: ___



˙             Gather the materials you need to do for your project and begin your project. 


Think about these things:

©        If your project is flat (like a poster) I will be hanging it up.  Please be sure to glue securely and carefully.  (I've had a problem previously.)   Your project can’t be huge! You also wouldn’t want to include anything valuable.

©        Your project must represent 100 accurately.

©        The appearance of your project is important.  The 100 “whatevers” should be arranged neatly.  You should plan the placement.  Is it a pattern?  For example:  10 rows of 10 will look much better than rows of randomly placed objects.  If you are making a “picture” or a “message” you should first do a light pencil sketch to help you with the placement of items. 

©        If you choose to do 100 math facts, then your answers must be correct! Your facts would need to be displayed creatively.

˙             Complete the visual part of your project.  Be certain it represents only your best work.  All writing and drawings should be your own work.

˙             Now complete the writing part of your project.

©        First Graders:

Please write some sentences about your project.  Your sentences should be on lined paper in your own handwriting.  You could answer some of the second grade questions.

©        Second Graders:

Complete sentences are expected.  Do some proofreading and ask an adult to help.  Then do a final copy in your best handwriting. The writing part should answer these questions:

Ř       Describe your project.                

Ř       How does your project represent 100?

Ř       Does your project represent a pattern? 

     (Ex. 5 rows of 20, red, blue, green, red, blue, green)

Ř       What did you have to do to complete your project?  What were the steps you followed?


Remember:  Everything is due on Wednesday, February 25th.

If you finish early, bring your project in to share.  It will be better if we don't have to share 18 projects all on the same day.