IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Dows Lane Elementary School students in kindergarten through third grade marked the 100th day of school on Feb. 22 and celebrated by using the number 100 in a variety of ways.
Principal Deborah Mariniello said such schoolwide celebrations enrich student experiences and deepen comprehension.
“The 100th day of school is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the power of learning and commemorate how much we have grown since September,” she said.
Dressed as centenarians, students in Laurel Warager’s class walked around the hallways with white hair, leaned on walking canes, wore suspenders and sported gray beards.
“Dressing up is fun, and you get an idea of what you might look like when you get older,” said first-grader Oonagh Brandson, who donned eyeglasses, a hat made of flowers, a pearl necklace, statement earrings and a red purse. “School is really fun because you get to see what your friends think they might look like when they’re 100.”
Catherine Buttino and Michael Cerniglia’s kindergartners discussed and compared the differences between 100 items by counting and measuring 100 Popsicle sticks and 100 cubes. Laura Lane’s kindergartners practiced counting to 100 by ones and 10s as they sorted colors and strung Froot Loops to make necklaces for the milestone event. Throughout the day, other students read stories together and solved puzzles, created 100 handprints, counted by 10s up to 100, constructed necklaces and made illustrations out of 100 items, and completed gumball graphing, in which they used different colors to chart 100 dots representing gumballs.
Kindergarten teacher Melaynne Vestal said that besides having fun on their 100th day of school, her students gained a better understanding of place value and numbers through the hands-on activities.
“They love to paint,” she said in reference to the gumball graphing. “But it also gets them to strategize whether to count in circles or straight lines and how to group to get to 100 in the most efficient way.”
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