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Celebrate Creativity & Growth: 100th Day Stop Motion

Celebrate Creativity & Growth: 100th Day Stop Motion

100 days … It’s a really big deal in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The concept of 100 is still not quite concrete. It seems like such a big accomplishment, 100 days, and it really is. It’s 100 days of growth, learning. creativity, bit and little accomplishments. So why not celebrate right?

This year we tried something new. 100th day stop motion was a huge success! This was so simple, and I even had the kids get the bags ready yesterday. They were begging to put more bags together, and it was excellent practice in counting, patience and persistence. Here’s a quick picture of what we did.

100th Day Stop MotionSet up

  • 10 bags of 100 objects like:
    • pattern blocks, linking cubes, dice, coins or dominoes
    • feathers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, googly eyes
    • erasers, cereal, legos, beans
    • you could easily do more, or duplicate, bags depending on your class size
  • 1 iPad for each group
  • little stands (not 100% necessary, but really helpful)
  • Koma Koma or iMotion app

Here is a quick video that I made to share the project prep with families. I love using Adobe Spark or Google Photos to make videos like this one to share with families.

100th Day Stop Motion In Action

We spent about 3 minutes exploring the Koma Koma app together. I had them all get behind me and watch me touch the screen and move objects. Then, they got going! My only big rule was not to walk around with the iPad without it’s case (I take the gripcase off to set it in the stand). Each group of 2 or 3 picked one bag at a time and got to work. The were really just exploring today, but were already wanting to add sound and more. We’ll do that with iMovie later. They saved their movies and posted them to our SeeSaw journal.

You can see several more of these fun little videos on our SeeSaw blog if you want more examples.

I’d encourage you to play around with Koma Koma with your students! Here’s a resources page from Koma Koma if you want a sneak peek.

Happy 100th day, whenever yours is! I hope your students have a blast celebrating all their accomplishments!

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association. The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment.… Continue Reading




A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

Last week in math we practiced writing our own story problems, then decided to get a bit creative with them. We ended up making a Book Creator book to combine all the turkey story problems we created. Here’s the process to create Turkey Story Problems – Make a background with Make A Scene Farmyard. (We… Continue Reading




How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow! We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to… Continue Reading




How To Writing

How To Writing

Just as important as reading and using informational text, is writing it! How To stories are one of my favorite types of informational texts for first graders to write. These step by step stories lend themselves to all sorts of creativity. As usually, we started How To writing collaboratively. What could be more perfect than… Continue Reading




Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Have you ever read an interesting informational text with a group of first graders, had amazing discussion, then asked them to share something new they learned? If you have, you’ve likely heard this from at least one student: “I already knew all that!” 1st graders can be a tough crowd occasionally. Fortunately, we utilize the thinking… Continue Reading