Cars that fly and school on Mars. That's what some third-grade students at Mintonye Elementary School believe life will be like when they are 100 years old. The writing assignment is one of many activities taking place as schools throughout the TSC mark the 100th day of school. "I think it is fun for students to think about what might happen in the next 100 years and dream about what life will be like when they are 100," says third-grade teacher Barb Tilley.
Some students wrote about what they would like to accomplish before they turned 100. "I want to meet Luke Bryan, Andrew Luck and Rizzo," writes Jada, a third-grade student. "I want to go to the Grand Ole Opry and Wrigley Field." Classmate Evan wrote he would like to meet the President of the United States and go skydiving and rock climbing.
Students in Mrs. Tilley's class took pictures with their iPads that aged them to 100. Students were amused with how the app predicted what they would look like at that age. Other classes at Mintonye completed 100 jumping jacks, shared collections of 100 pieces, and created trail mix with 10 items of 10 ingredients.
At Dayton Elementary School, some students and staff members aged considerably for the celebration. Students from kindergarten to fifth grade dressed as if they were 100 years old. With canes, hair rollers and gray hair, the students enjoyed celebrating the number 100 and 100 days of learning.
First-grade teacher Mindy Stader says students love to dress the part. "It makes the students really think about how long we have been in school when we make the dramatic point of dressing like a 100-year-old person," says Stader. "We talked about how much more is expected of each student now that they have been in first grade for 100 days. Just as a person grows and changes, they too are growing and changing in first grade and becoming more independent."
Kindergarten teacher Carolyn Howard says it's beneficial to stop and celebrate their accomplishments. "The children enjoyed a much-needed break in the routine and the extra engaging activities," says Howard. "Students were excited to dress up and imagine what they would look like at 100 years old!"