Today is the 100th day of school for our students.
I suppose the best description of today's activities would be to call it a math literacy activity. We make a big deal out of the 100th day for a couple of reasons.
- It helps develop a sense of elapsed time for our students. Measurement is a math concept and measuring time is among the hardest measurement tasks for elementary school students to grasp
- It helps teach place value. We've spent the year so far making a big deal out of every tenth day. Now we've made it to the 100th day, and that adds a place value column to the number of days we've had.
- It helps create an awareness of numbers and of their relevance to everyday life.
- It helps create enthusiasm for math.
By the third or fourth week of schools kids are walking around talking about how many days it is until zero comes back...
Today we hope to do a video interview with Zero that we can put on the school website.