5 Keys to a Stress Free 100th Day of School

If you’re a primary teacher, part of our everyday routine is counting to the 100th day of school. And it will come as no surprise that the 100th day of school is pretty special! Not only is it quite the milestone, but you finally get to regroup all of tens for ONE HUNDRED! If you know, you know.

What Not to Do for the 100th Day of School

During my first year of teaching, I had no idea that some teachers went all out for the 100th day. Tons of centers, crafts, games… things they’d planned for weeks (even months) ahead of time. I tried to keep up. We’d spend the whole day doing 100th day of school activities.

No joke – I tried that for a few years. Each year I would plan new centers, new activities, new crafts… and every year I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day.

I finally told myself enough is enough. Yes, the 100th day is super fun and exciting, but I don’t need to wear myself out planning like a crazy person! So that’s why I want to share with you my 5 keys to a perfect 100th day of school!

5 Keys to a Perfect 100th Day of School

1. If you’re a fan of The Office like me, then you’ll love my first piece of advice: Keep It Simple Stupid. Now, if you’re on board with the K.I.S.S acronym, keep reading for my next few tips!

Picture of Dwight Schrute saying "Keep it simple stupid"

2. Don’t alter your regular routine. If your class normally has reading first thing in the morning, stick to reading in the morning. Switching up your schedule is just asking for a chaotic day. Students thrive on routine!

For example, during word work, you might have your students do a 100th day color by code or see how many words they can make from the letters in one hundred! These are a super easy ways to integrate 100th day fun, while maintaining routine!

Click here to grab 15 no prep activities, including these word work activities, for the 100th day!

In math, play partner board games that are all about 100! If you’re short on prep time but still want to plan a meaningful 100th day of school, then these print and play games are exactly what you need! Say goodbye to cutting and laminating centers for your 100th day celebration – just print these and add a few dice and game pieces!

Click here to grab 10 no prep math partner games for the 100th day!!

3. Choose a few fun picture books to share with your class. My students always loved when I filled my whiteboard ledge with new books, and the 100th day is the perfect time to do it again!

If you need a few ideas, these are three of my favorites! You can click the book cover for my Amazon affiliate link!

Book title: The Night Before the 100th Day of School

Book title: Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School

Book title: 100th Day Worries

4. Don’t try to do a bunch of different themed centers. I’m telling you – IT’S TOO MUCH. I suppose this goes right along with tip number one, but it’s worth repeating. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

I love hand-on activities SO much, but the 100th day is the perfect time to take advantage of ready to go activities! And I promise they can still be fun and engaging!!

Click here to get everything you need for an easy 100th day of school celebration!

5. Make a super easy gift/craft for your students. Better yet, let them do the work themselves! That’s right – I created FREE 100th day bookmarks and celebration crowns your students can make to remember the day!

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