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Close to 100

March 23, 2021 | Rebekah Lowe

Second graders have been working with 100.  One way that students get to explore 100 is through a place called Sticker Station, in which a sheet is worth 100 stickers, a strip is worth 10 stickers, and a single is worth 1 sticker.  They use these stickers as a way to add up numbers.   Another way students work with 100 is through coins.  They use quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies to find combinations that add up to one dollar (100 cents).   A fun way that students also get to make 100 is through games.

One game that students have been enjoying playing is called Close to 100.  In this game, the goal is for students to find two two-digit numbers that add up to as close to 100 as possible.  They play five founds, and after each round, their score is the distance from 100.  They add up the scores at the end, and the goal of the game is to get the lowest score possible.

Here is what the recording sheet looks like:


Here are students in the Meadows Class playing the game and figuring out different combinations to make:




Students really enjoy these games, and playing these games helps them think about these numbers in a different way.  They find patterns and numbers that will add together to get as close to 100 as possible.

Ask your child what combinations will add up to 100, and see what they will say!



Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grades 2&3

Rebekah Lowe knew that she wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school when she was inspired by an English teacher who developed interactive games and creative acronyms for many of the topics that were discussed. Because of her teachers, Ms. Lowe attended the education program at the College of New Jersey, where she experienced a variety of classroom environments, and earned a teaching degree. She was also a part of the Education Honor Society. After graduating, Ms. Lowe taught English in South Korea, and during this time, she was able to travel around Asia and experience new cuisines and cultures. Her love of travelling increased, and she hopes to travel more in the future! She began her teaching career in the United States at Mustard Seed School in 2018 as a second and third grade teacher in the Meadows class. She’s excited to be a part of the school community and share her many experiences with her students.

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