## More Back To School Ideas: Zero The Hero and His Friend Zippy

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1-2-3 Count Up To 100-Day With Me!

Since school has just begun, it's a good idea to start keeping track of how many days you've been in school, so that you can celebrate that big 100 Day that has become so popular. A counting up to 100-Day idea, that is a “must have” for me, is Zero The Hero. He is a fun vehicle for incorporating math skills.

I designed an entire packet around Zero, including a friend named Zippy, who would allow teachers to toss in a little geography.

There just never seems to be enough time in the day for everything, and geography is one of those “things” that my students needed a bit more of.

Zippy is a quick, fun and easy solution, as he travels to places around the world that begin with the letters O and Z.

Celebrate every 10th day by making a page in your Zero the Hero book.  What a great keepsake to take home on 100 Day!

Students put 10 reinforcement holes on their number.

This is a nice fine-motor and counting skill + each child will then have 100 “zero-stickers” in their booklet on the 100th  Day of school when they complete their last page!

Students will also enjoy zipping around the world to interesting O and Z places with Zippy.

The passport is sure to be a huge hit, complete with travel  and award stickers.

Included are: clue sheets, notes, and an

“I Wonder Where Zippy Is?” Guessing-Poster.

Students will have fun learning about the various places as they work with parents to find and bring in an interesting fact in their "home-school" connection assignment.

Make a Zero the Hero count by 5’s slider and a Zippy count by 10’s slider to review skip counting and identify numbers.

Various activities reinforce a variety of report card standards and are sequential and repetitious, so that students know what to do.

Because of this, kids are empowered and are able to do these as independent center activities, which are great for Daily Five or other “no hassle” centers.

For example, on the 30th day of school, students bingo dot their skill sheet and then graph their cup of 30 Froot Loops. Afterwards, they can make a necklace out of the brightly colored cereal or eat it.

Students keep everything in a folder and have a wonderful keepsake to take home on the 100th day of school.

What a fun way to count up to 100-Day while reinforcing a variety of report card standards!  Zero the Hero packet

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