Written by: Kathryn Otoshi
Ko Kids publications
Where's the math: Discovering the value of zero in numbers. In the story, zero feels bad for herself because she has a hole in her center, and she's not included with the other numbers when counting. Zero soon discovers that she has important parts to play as she jumps in to the counting arena with the other numbers (i.e. 0, 10). She especially recognizes her value as she joins the other numbers to become 10,20,30,etc. Children can learn to understand that zero is an important place holder for counting and grouping numbers. Since our kindergartners are learning to count by 10s, this book is another resource where this pattern is introduced in a playful way. This book also emphasizes important social-emotional components in learning to value yourself in a community as the zero learned to do with the other numbers.
Genre: Concept/picture book
Features of print: variety of sizes of text and illustrations
Theme/Key words: counting, place value, numbers
Cultural Considerations: Any
Open-ended question: Do you think people forget about zero? Why? What does zero help with?
Extension Activities: Children could look at the number chart and follow the pattern of zero's they see occurring from 1-100. Children could also experiment with base 10 longs in groups and practice making numbers that are 10 and above.