For many classrooms, the 100th day of school falls around the end of January or in early February. Teachers around the country use it as a chance to add some fun to their regular lesson plan. The 100th day of school can be incorporated into every subject – including language arts and writing.
Use the celebration of the 100th day of school to activate your students’ creativity by giving them themed writing prompts. Engaging their imaginations around a fun prompt will provide an opportunity for your elementary students to express their thoughts, develop critical thinking skills, and reflect on the year so far.
The results are sure to be something the students will enjoy bringing home to share with their parents. We have three creative writing exercises that will add to the class celebration of the 100th day of school. All of the projects below can easily be made into a classbook that students can look back on as they grow as writers.
Writing Projects for Elementary Students to Celebrate the 100th Day of School
Writing Prompt #1: How have you changed since the beginning of the school year?
Elementary school students can change a lot during a school year — not only in height and shoe size but a lot also changes when it comes to personality and maturity. As a teacher, you might notice these differences, but how does the student see changes? Would the kids notice that they’ve grown taller or that they have a better understanding of who they are becoming as a person?
You could help the kids think about how they’ve changed by asking if they have been given more responsibility at home, such as additional chores. Or perhaps there was a shelf they couldn’t reach last summer that they now can? Did they recently have to tell their parents that their winter jacket doesn’t fit anymore?
Writing Prompt #2: You can have 100 of any item in the world. What item would you choose and why?
This writing prompt for elementary students is guaranteed to provide some unique and funny answers.
The most creative and interesting part will be the ‘why’. This is where the creativity of elementary-aged students comes into play. As a teacher, helping them think about reasons why—prodding them to say more than just they like the item they chose—will elicit more creative answers.
Writing Prompt #3: You can ask someone that is 100 years old anything. What do you ask them and why?
Letting kids’ imagination run wild with the thoughts of what it was like 100 years ago should prove to be a fun writing exercise. An elementary student, especially those in the lower grade levels, likely don’t have a good understanding of what the world looked like 100 years ago, so you should enjoy reading their questions for this 100-year-old person.
It might be helpful to get the children’s brains going by providing a few examples. What was school like 100 years ago? Or perhaps how did you get around 100 years ago? Was it by horse, car, train? What was your favorite food?
It won’t take much for kids to start wondering how much things have changed in 100 years.
Celebrating Events with Creative Writing
A school celebration like the 100th day of school provides an opportunity to memorialize the event in writing. Capturing the creative writing of students with different writing activities throughout the year gives you as a teacher the ability to see growth in the students’ writing from the first day to the last day.
By publishing your students’ work into a classbook, you’ll be giving both the children and their families a way to permanently capture a moment in time. Not only that, but the children will love seeing themselves as published authors and become more confident in their writing!