It’s the most wonderful time of the year! January 29 marked the 100th day of school for students in my class at Miller Elementary School in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.
We celebrated this event with a Standards-Based fashion show called “Project 100 Day.” According to the California Content Standards, first-grade students must be able to “ … count, read, and write numbers to 100” by the end of the school year. (Number Sense 1.0, 1.1, and 2.4). Traditionally, students celebrated the 100th day of school by making necklaces, preparing special snacks and by participating in various 100 second challenges.
This year, the students were asked to adorn an article of clothing such as a shirt, scarf, or hat with 100 objects. The idea for the fashion show was inspired by my favorite television show, Project Runway. The designers on the show are challenged to create fabulous fashions on a small budget. In one particular episode, the contestants made designs out of recyclable materials — thus inspiring “Project 100 Day.”
The students came in shirts, scarves, and hats ornamented with marbles, stickers, buttons, and even eyeballs!
Given that students were eager to participate in the event, on “Project 100 Day,” they squealed with anticipation, excitement, and joy. After the fashion show, students counted to 100 by ones, fives, and tens. A good time was had by all. In fact, Mayra, a first-grade model, commented: “Mrs. Johnson, this was the best day ever!”
Alisa Johnson is a first-grade teacher in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District .