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Final Thoughts: ONE HUNDRED
By Peter Stewart

ONE HUNDRED

 

My teacher, Mr. Alan, wanted to show us what 100 looks like. So, he asked us to bring in a set of 100 objects.

       

Mr. Alan said that before we shared our “100 homework” that we would count what he brought in. All the way to 100. Well, that got me thinking, and I started to imagine like I always do...

            What would he bring in?

            100 gum drops?

            100 doughnuts?

            100 pizzas!

 

You know, I bet my class could eat them all, too. Especially if Mr. Alan helped! Once, I ate nine slices of cheese pizza at Sarah’s birthday party.

 

You know what?

I already know how to count to 100. That’s easy.

One of the first things you learn in life besides your “abc’s” is how to count. Remember “one, two, buckle my shoe?”

Now I’m thinking again...

What does a big fat hen have to do with counting anyway?

I’ll ask Mr. Alan tomorrow.

 

I can even count backwards from ten.

I learned that by playing rocket ship with Randy on the swing set in my backyard. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, BLAST OFF!

We had to stop ‘cuz Randy jumped off and broke his arm.

 

I can even count down from a 100! I learned that with some third graders on the school bus with that song about the 100 bottles of beer on the wall.

 

Now, I’m thinking again...

Why would they put bottles on the wall,

anyway?

I’ll ask Mr. Alan.

Actually, we never got all the way down to one ‘cuz we got to school by 34 bottles. But, we gave it a good try.

 

And guess what? I even know about a million.

And a billion!

My dad told me what a billion was one night last summer when we were on looking up at the stars on the beach.

He said just count the stars or the grains of sand. That would be a billion or more.

Now, that would take a long time!

I’ll ask Mr. Alan how long it would take.

 

Now I started to think again...

 

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Peter Stewart is a performer, composer, presenter and author. He has written over 15 CDs of music for children. Currently, he is the director of Sing and Learn Music. His website is: www.peter-stewart.com.