Do you celebrate the 100th day of school? If you teach 2nd grade+, you may get a few “I’ve already done X, Y, or Z in kindergarten or first grade”. Why not take a social studies approach to this day instead of a making it a math day? It is a fun way to honor this milestone and study history at the same time.
Students will look back in history 100 years. Add a tech connection and investigate the following topics: exploration, transportation, commerce, political events, world/national events, and interesting facts. Here is a form students can use to take notes from their investigation. You can decide what they do with this information. They could write a report, make a poster, or design an advertising campaign.
Students will do more research for this assignment to find out about life for children 100 years ago. Fill out the graphic organizer and then write a story about it. Afterwards, they will complete a Venn diagram comparing their life to children of 1915.
Morning work with a 100 years ago theme are also included. There are three assignments plus answer keys. You can either use these as morning messages or set it up as a writing center.
Of course, I had to add a math assignment. It is a quick and easy one. Students will survey their classmates to see if they would rather live today or 100 years ago. Then they will graph their results.