Most children are already on the 3rd day of the first week of school Your child might have already come home and talked about the number 100 in reference to their teacher's focus on the first 100 days of school. Kindergarten, first and second grade are the early years in which math is introduced with a variety of skills, and the number 100 is a center of many opportunities to count, order numbers, and compare. Early childhood educators who teach kindergarten and 1st grade use the number 100 to build interest in early math. Many teachers celebrate with a class party when the 100th day of school arrives. Children are motivated to participate in math activities with the number 100 when they know that a party will be their reward.

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There are many benchmarks in early math skills that kindergarten and first-grade students in the Sarasota County School system must meet that center around the number 100. The first math benchmark for kindergartners is the ability to count to 100. Kindergarten students have a 100 chart in their classroom to practice counting, putting numbers in sequence, and recognition of numbers. Children use concrete, hands-on experiences to compare sets of objects up to the number 100. Children in kindergarten and first grade also must meet the early math skill benchmark of putting together and taking apart sets of objects up to 100. Putting together and taking apart sets of objects introduces the concepts of addition and subtraction up to 100. Children count backwards and forwards with numbers to 100. Number stories are also created with concrete objects with numbers 1-100. The concept of 100 pennies that make \$1.00 is also a part of using the number 100 in these early grades.

Fun read-alouds that center around the first 100 days of school and the number 100 are a great way to extend early math activities for learning the number 100. The books in the list are just a few examples of the many choices for story time that center around the math concepts that the number 100 involves in the early grades.

Check out the list and have fun with the number 100.

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