Summit lower school and specialist teachers collaboratively planned activities to celebrate the 100th day of school, Monday, February 10th. Beginners through fifth grade students began the morning as a group with a special guest visit by Marty the Magician. Marty incorporated magic tricks, character education, and the 100th day of school into one amazing celebratory show. Following the assembly, students broke into smaller groups and rotated through stations. Activities highlighted number sense and place value concepts through games such as numbers to 100 bingo and students designing their own hats showcasing the number 100.
Third through Fifth Grades also participated in their own 100-themed activities: creating $100 dollar words, where each letter of the alphabet had a different monetary value; naming 100 landmark on a map of the United States; and creating architectural pieces by stacking 100 plastic cups in patterns.
Why celebrate events such as the 100th Day of school? Exploring mathematics concepts, Early Learning and Lower School teachers at The Summit aim to provide students with a solid foundation for mathematical understanding. From the very first day of school, many classes have been tracking days through their calendar routine and morning meeting in anticipation of the 100th day. Days are often tracked by marking numbers on a hundreds chart or by counting straws or craft sticks, making bundles of ten, providing ongoing opportunities for counting by tens and ones. Building number sense, or an understanding of numbers and their relationships, lays the groundwork for basic mathematical understanding. Beginning in Beginners and Pre-K, students explore whole numbers, counting, correspondence, and cardinality. As they progress through Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade, they expand their knowledge through representation, ordering, joining sets, and separating sets. Deeply understanding number relationships prepares students for learning addition and subtraction strategies, addition and subtraction facts, base-ten numeration systems, and place value concepts.
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