Kimberly zero the hero store4We hope you all had a great time with us at the PK1 Conference.  What a whirlwind of new ideas!  It was so wonderful to be surrounded by so many people passionate about teaching little kids.

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to you by CKA’s President Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, who shares this idea that perfect for Hundred’s Day idea with us.

For this activity, students are asked to bring in 100 pennies (counted at home, as a homework assignment) to spend in Zero the Hero’s Store.  Store items are donated by parents in the classroom. We ask each family to purchase 15 trinkets from the dollar store (keeping cost down by encouraging party-favor style items). On the 100th day, each child gets to go shopping at the store using his/her 100 pennies. Students have so much fun buying things, they don’t even realize they have been counting the whole morning long!

Wondering which CCSS (Common Core State Standards) you’re covering while you’re having fun?


Count to tell the number of objects.
4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. a. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted. c. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

Looking for more fun ways to celebrate?  Check out Hundredth Day of School Scavenger Hunt and grab a copy of Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten to read with your class.  Happy Hundredth Day!