Monday, August 02, 2010

Nonfiction Monday - 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days

I've come to rely on Bruce Goldstone's books Great Estimations (2006) and Greater Estimations (2008) for teaching students about number sense and quantitative estimation. I'm thrilled he's added a new title to his growing collection of math books. 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days will also be useful for the study of number sense and offers suggestions for celebrating the 100th day of school that extend well beyond traditional counting activities.

As a writer and photo stylist, Goldstone has created an amazing array of images in support of his imaginative ideas. Here's an excerpt of ideas from the middle of the book.
Flip 100. (46) Flip a coin 100 times. How many times will it land heads up?
Clip 100. (47) Clip together 100 paper clips.
Clap 100. (48) Clap 100 times.
Tip 100. (49) Line up 100 dominoes and then tip them over.
The activities recommended by Goldstone can be easily carried out at home or in the classroom. They don't require fancy or expensive materials, will keeps kids engaged, and will provide a springboard for brainstorming additional activities involving 100.

This one is going straight to the top of the the thematic book list for the 100th day of school. Strongly recommended.

Book: 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days
Author/Illustrator: Bruce Goldstone
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: August 2010
Pages: 48 pages
Grades: K-3
ISBN: 978-0805089974
Source of Book: ARC picked up at the ALA Conference in June.

In the states where the school year often begins after Labor Day, the 100th day generally falls close to Valentine's Day (snow days not withstanding), so you've got plenty of time to prepare. Here are some additional resources that will help you plan for the 100th day of school. 
This post was written for Nonfiction Monday. Hosting this week are Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian. Do take some time to check out all the great posts highlighting nonfiction this week.

1 comment:

  1. I know the kids at the schools I work at always celebrate the 100th day of school.