adding zero

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  1. Carolyn

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    Aug 27, 2007

    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?
     
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  3. TulipsGirl

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

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    I'm referring to 5+0=
     
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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?
     
  6. RitaFirstGrade

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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. czacza

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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....
     

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