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Zero the Hero
Song for Teaching Counting
Stephen Fite


This song is available on Stephen Fite's Cool to Be In School.

Activity Suggestions from Stephen Fite:
    While this song attempts to link Zero and “nothing at all,” a little visual aid during the tune will allow kids to better grasp the concept.  Find one hat, two socks, three bears and four birds to show and take away during the breakdown section.
     You can also give each child fifteen pennies (or have them bring it from home) to buy bubble gum in your “classroom store.”  During the spelling section, have the kids skywrite the word ZERO in the air with their fingers.  When you hear the line, “And he’s shaped like a ball,” have the kids make a zero/circle shape with their hands by touching thumbs at the top and the four fingers at the bottom, or show an actual ball.  Have the kids write or dictate a story about Zero the Hero.

Let me tell you about a number
That comes just before one 
He always tells you just what you have
When you have none

He's Zero the hero
Counting what you don't have is his game 
That's why Zero's his name
He's Zero the hero
He's the super hero number that
    always counts nothing, that's all
And he's shaped like a ball

If fifteen pennies is what you have
And you buy bubblegum
If fifteen pennies is what that gum cost
Then you have none

That's Zero the hero
Counting what you don't have is his game
That's why Zero's his name
He's Zero the hero
He's the super hero number that
    always counts nothing, that's all
And he's shaped like a ball

Let's break it down...
You've got one hat
Take one away that's zero
You've got two socks
Take two away that's zero
You've got three bears
Take three away that's zero
You've got four birds
Take four away that's Zero the hero

Counting what you don't have is his game
That's why Zero's his name
He's Zero the hero
He's the super hero number that
    always counts nothing, that's all
And he's shaped like a ball

Spell it out...
Z-E-R-O spells Zero
I said, Z-E-R-O spells zero
I said, Z-E-R-O spells zero
I said, Z-E-R-O spells zero the hero
Counting what you don't have is his game
That's why Zero's his name
He's Zero the hero
He's the super hero number that
    always counts nothing.

 

See more of our Number and Counting Songs.

 

Many thanks to Stephen Fite for permission to display these lyrics.
Copyright © Melody House. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 


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