This Tuesday our class celebrated the 100th day of school! This was a very exciting event. We started our day by forming the number 100 with our bodies in our outdoor playground. When it was time to come inside, the students counted by 25s, 10s, 5s and then by 1s until we reached our classroom door.
Inside, the students participated in many learning centres. They made the number 100 with loose parts.
They also counted out 100 fruit loops and made 100th day of school necklaces.
In our final project, students used counters to make 100th day of school crowns.
On Thursday this week we celebrated Valentine's Day in our class. As the students arrived in the class they found a letter from Lightning. He urged us to fill each other's buckets that day. He left us a book and a song to explain what that meant. The student made the connection that filling someone's bucket was just like making their hearts bigger. When we do something to make someone feel good it also fills our bucket or makes our hearts feel bigger. Lightning also left us a template of a letter we could use to write someone a letter and fill their buckets.
Other activities the students participated in on Thursday included making hearts with our pattern blocks, decorating their Valentine's bags and making love bugs.
In the afternoon the students participated in a scientific experiments with candy hearts. They made predictions about whether a candy heart would sink or float in soda, water and vinegar. The students also recorded their observations around the results of the experiment. Another game they loved playing was roll to 20 with candy hearts. Each time the students filled up their tens frame with candy hearts they traded it in for a tens bar. When this happened they got to eat the candy. This was a very exciting way to build numbers.
Throughout the day the students got to fill each other's buckets by taking charge of our weekly Happy Monday Messages. All the students reported something a friend had done to fill their buckets that day. They felt so good highlighting their friend's accomplishments. It certainly was a short week together but it was filled with so much sweetness!