Recently, our kindergarten and first grade students celebrated important milestones in their school year and in their learning. Our kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school and our first grade students celebrated the 120th day of school. Why the different celebrations? The learning standards that define what our students need to know and be able to do state that our kindergarten students must know numbers and be able to count to 100 while first grade students must know numbers to and be able to count to 120. Since the beginning of the school year, both kindergarten and first grade students have been learning about place value and money by adding a straw to the chart in the “ones” pocket and a penny to the money chart. Once there are ten straws in the pocket, they are banded together and moved to the “tens” pocket. After there are ten groups of ten, the groups are banded together and moved to the “hundreds” pocket. When it comes to money, five pennies are exchanged for a nickel, two nickels for a dime, two dimes and a nickel for one quarter, and four quarters for a dollar. Each day, students practice counting by ones, fives, and tens to 100 and 120. To learn how the numbers to 100 and 120 are written, students add a number each day to the 100 chart and practice writing the numbers on paper. Teachers also use various songs and chants sung during “group time” that focus on learning to count to 100 and 120.
To commemorate the 100th (or the 120th) day of school, teachers plan a variety of special learning activities. Students may write a list of 100 (or 120) words in categories (i.e.: 10 colors words, 10 sight words, 10 number words, etc. up to 100 or 120 words). They might draw pictures of what will they look when they are 100 (or 120) or write about all they have learned during their 100 (or 120) days of school. In addition to writing numbers to 100 (or 120), students also count collections of 100 (or 120) objects including 100 (or 120) marshmallows, stickers, pennies, goldfish crackers, candy hearts, M & M’s or cubes.
The “100th Day Celebration” and the “120th Day Celebration” are just two examples of the creative teaching activities that can be found throughout the classrooms of the Huber Heights City Schools. These special celebrations involve extra time and work for our teachers and other staff as they prepare the materials necessary for these and many other unique activities for our students. As superintendent, I want our staff to know that I appreciate all their hard work and the extra time they put forth on behalf of our students and their learning. If you questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
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