Thursday, August 17, 2017

1000 Days of School For Fifth Graders

Did you know that the 100th day of school for fifth graders is actually their 1000th day?  I just learned that cool fact last year.  My school celebrated our first "1000 Days" the first week in February. (I'm behind with my blogging)
I teach math and had to actually do the math to see if it was true.

Kindergarten 180 days
First Grade 180 days
Second Grade 180 days
Third Grade 180 days
Fourth Grade 180 days
180 x 5= 900
Fifth Grade Day 100 + 900-= 1000 days

I wanted to plan a special day and our team decided to make it a STEAM event.  Our team has 16 homerooms so we broke into groups of four.  The students rotated through the four classrooms and completed many lessons and activities that were related to 1000.

Kick-Off- They read "Sadako and the 1000 Cranes" prior to the day. We collected dimes for the whole week and challenged them to raise $100.  We counted our dimes each day and discussed powers of ten.  Our vice-principal was running the Boston Marathon for cancer and we donated our money.  We raised over $400.  The students made paper cranes and started an Acts of Kindness Wall.

Station 1- The kids had to reflect on their first day of school and compare to now.  They had to write a letter to their future self, a 1000 days from now they should be juniors.  

Station 2- We created geometric sculptures using 1000 toothpicks.  Our grade level color is blue so we spray painted them for the display class.

Station 3- The grade level created 1000 Valentine Cards to send into Children's Hospital for cancer patients, a connection to the book.
Station 4-  Students created patterns and designs using 100 grids.  They put them together in groups of 10.

Here is a freebie that I used. The STEAM sheet was for the sculpture.  The 1000 sheet was for
students who finished early, they could create a piece of artwork using the number 1000.  
Click here for free link on TPT

Another thing that all the teachers did was hang sheets of paper in the halls and the students wrote 1000 things that they learned in school since kindergarten.  Each team of four wrote one subject: math, ELA, Science and Social Studies.