100th Day Worries
Author: Margery Cuyler
Illustrator: Arthur Howard
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Fiction, Ages 4-8
Theme: 100th Day, Worries, Family, Math
Opening: Jessica was a worrier. She worried about everything. She worried about losing her first tooth, and remembering her lunch money, and missing the school bus, and getting her math right.
Synopsis (from Amazon.com): When Jessica's teacher tells everyone in class to find 100 things to bring to school for their 100th day, Jessica starts to worry. She wants to bring something really good, but what? 100 marshmallows? No, too sticky. 100 yo-yos? Nah, that's silly. When Jessica reaches the 99th day, she really starts to worry. She still doesn't know what to bring! Could the best collection of 100 things be right under her eyes?
Why I Like This Book: It's different from the usual 100th day books, in that most of the focus is on Jessica's worries. I think a lot of little kids can really relate to Jessica and the stressful things in her young life. Also, it has the loveliest ending when her whole family comes together and helps her with her collection .... of love!
1. There are a TON of 100th day activities out there, as you all know :) but if you're looking for a site that has it ALL, this might be it right here.
2. In the computer lab we worked on Kid Pix to complete these:
Everything we do in the lab is a lot of fun for Grade 1s, but they really liked making 10 sets of 10 objects using the stamp tool. It was fun, easy and more practice thinking in terms of "bundles of 10" ... still a tricky concept for many first graders.
3. Use this book as a lead-in to a discussion about things your children might be worried about and how to handle them.
4. We played a partner game called Race to 100. The kids rolled a die, put that many stickers in the gumball machine (with 10 in each). They continued until one of them reached 100! They LOVED this game.
|Click on the Pic for a copy of the gumball machine sheet from Making Learning Fun|