Every tenth day Zero the Hero visits our classroom! Since Zero the Hero brings treats when he visits the students eagerly anticipate his next visit. Every day we are excited to figure out how many more days until he visits again! For example, today was day 15, I hold up the Ten Frame that we added the 5th dot to and the students quickly say, "Oh, Zero the Hero will be here in 5 more days." I reply, "That's right, 5 and 5 make 10!" I might do this with the bundles of popsicle sticks or the hundreds board. When I ask how many more days until Zero the Hero visits, the whole class quickly figures out the answer! I always answer with, "That's right because 4 and 6 make ten." Or whatever it may be.
Here are a few pictures from our first Zero the Hero visit. (Day 10)
|The office delivered this special package to our classroom! It said, "To Ms Gilbert's Monkeys" and was covered in Z's and 0's.|
|Inside was a letter, a balloon, a cape, Zero the Hero's special helper and Zero treats (donuts shaped like 0's!)|
I also choose a special little friend to wear the cape and be calendar helper that day. They get to wear the cape until it becomes a distraction or until recess. It is a big honor!
My team got the original idea of Zero the Hero at the Singapore Math conference in Las Vegas a few years ago. I know Catherine Kuhns talks about it in her Number Sense books. My team has just added to those ideas and adapted them a bit each year.