The following are some of the best 100 days of school dress up that we had. We incorporated our Math Family Night with our Students’ 100th day of School Celebration. I sent this letter that I used last year to inform parents of the day’s dress up celebration. Again I used a rubric I adapted from Ms. Saoud’s blog at Primary Graffiti here.
Which costume do you like best?
Which child’s costume do you think won?
I’ll tell you at the end of the post!
My favorites are the “Name Your Own Star” –how clever…and the wrestlers belt–how creative! I also especially like the student in the school uniform with the notes safety pinned to her because it looks very kid done! Each note has a different word on it.
We also had a couple of staff members who dressed up like they were a hundred years old. They had walkers and all! One of our staff members had a sign on her front that said I am 100 years old. On her back she had a question that asked, “When was I born?” The kids had to bring her the answer written on a piece of paper.
I have a thing for puffballs, so I used 100 puffballs to make a scarf of sorts. It didn’t quite turn out like I had wanted. I used hot glue, so it was a bit stiff. I glued all the puffballs to a ribbon. Maybe if I was more of a seamstress it could have been a real scarf! Nevertheless the kids loved the scarf and wanted to touch the puffs. I gave the scarf away to one of the kids who asked me if he could have it at the end of the day. I guess you get to see my totally cute new phone cover in the picture, too! What an added perk!
To answer your question if you were wondering which child won from above, the first picture won of the little girl in the red shirt with all of the beads hanging down from safety pins.
For our fall carnival, we dressed up like a book character. Me being the math coach, I wanted to incorporate literacy AND math. I decided to become “The Greedy Triangle.” The librarian says that kids LOVE this book.
I looked everywhere for cardboard large enough to make a human sized triangle and finally found some in the storage room–chart paper boxes. The bottom of the triangle is as large as the box. Unfortunately, I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to be equilateral like the true Greedy Triangle. I’m isosceles, but that leads to some great geometry discussion with kids!
I covered my front and back triangle with yellow bulletin board paper. Then I made the mouth eyes and nose with white and colored paper, and just glued it onto my front triangle. I just drew the eyes and nose and mouth free handed, and outlined them with marker. I folded the eyes in half so I would have a symmetrical shape. The cheek circles I made by tracing a round cup. A teacher next door helped me staple the yellow ribbon, which I had at home, to the two triangles. The costume fits over my head like a sundress. Underneath as you can see I wore black tights a black cotton T-shirt and skirt which I already had. I would say this whole project took me one hour and cost me nothing–not bad.
The costume isn’t user friendly however if you plan to sit a lot. The cardboard doesn’t bend of course. When going in and out of small areas I found that my vertices would bump into a lot of things. However, this was a plus because I was able to use math vocabulary all day such as….”watch out for my vertices.”
I received lots of complements on this costume…some “aww how cute” from parents, kids, and teachers. One parent thought I was pizza…but then where are my pepperonis? I guess I could be a happy block of cheese, too!
With that said, I suppose you could adapt this costume to many things when trick or treating…
“Trick or Treat”
“Hi, honey, what are you dressed up as?”
“A block of cheese, but I’m lactose intolerant.”
“Oh, honey, here’s some extra candy!”
On the Hundredth Day of School, we decided as a staff to all dress up with 100 objects on our clothing. I managed to get some photos of the most imaginative outfits. Sorry some of the pictures I took without realizing I didn’t have on my flash. We had a contest among the staff and then we had additional contests for the K-2 students and for the 3-5 students. I nominated a committee to judge the contests. We announced the winners of the dress up that evening at the Family Math Night.