Discussion in 'First Grade' started by Carolyn, Aug 27, 2007.

1. ### CarolynRookie

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I have given all of my ideas that I know concerning adding zero to a number. The new first grade teacher has several kiddoes who cannot grasp this concept. Do any of you have a better way?

3. ### TulipsGirlCohort

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Aug 27, 2007

I'm not sure which concept you are reffering too.
Do you mean a number +0 ? 7+0=7?

4. ### CarolynRookie

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I'm referring to 5+0=

5. ### TulipsGirlCohort

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I tell students that "any number + 0 = that number"
Please remember that theses words mean absolutely nothing without a lot of modeling and manipulatives.

Shoow them why if you have 5 buttons/fingers/dresses and you add no more, you still only have 5.
Pair this with the phrase "a number + 0 = that number." have them repeat this, and use manipulatives. and pratcice, practice practice!

Then I like to get a silly afterwards and use nonsense words so they get the pattern... " a mishgabobble + 0 = ? ... a mishgabobble!"
"a shnelly + 0 = ? ...a shnelly!"

Does this make sense?

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I use skittles or some other candy to model it. I also call the number zero "Mr. Nobody" and explain that he doesn't change anything! They get a kick out of that and remember!

7. ### czaczaMultitudinous

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Act it out, make it real.

5 kids go sit at the table. OK now ZERO more kids will go over...How many kids are at the table....