First of all, thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Art Ed Blog of the Year contest. While I didn’t place in the top 10 it was still exciting to be nominated!
Our 100th day of school was this past Friday and I thought I would participate with a 100th day art project for the first time ever. If your 100th day of school has already passed, this might be a project you want to “pin” and save for next year!
I handed out a grid sheet I had drawn with 100 squares on it. Each square is 1 inch by 1 inch. Here is the grid I used and scanned. (I didn’t realize that the lines were not exactly perfect until I scanned it for my blog!) You might have to play with the size when printing. I printed ours onto 11″ x 17″ copy paper: 100 square grid.
After I handed out the sheet to the students, I asked them how many squares were on the paper. “100!” a few kids immediately shouted out. Too darn smart! Well, then they told me they were already doing things to celebrate the 100th day of school so they assumed it was 100.
Then we talked about how you could just count out one row= 10 squares. Then, count by 10′s all the way down… 10, 20, 30, 40… I also mentioned that if you multiply 10 x 10, you get 100. Then, a student chimed in that if you multiply 10 by any number you just add a zero to the end of it.
This project took the students 2-3 class periods. During the first period, we used drawing supplies to draw and color inside the squares. I told them to estimate about half of their squares and to not draw in more than half of them. 20 was about the average for the time period. They used markers, colored pencils and crayons for this step.
On the second day of this project, I got out other fun supplies such as paint dabbers, Q-tips & tempera, stickers, foam shapes & numbers, sequins and paper mosaic shapes. The students continued to use their creativity to fill in the squares how they liked. I kept reminding the students not to rush and to make sure each square was neat and creative.
Here are a few of the finished 100th day art projects.