# Addition and subtraction involving zero

I can add and subtract zero and know when the difference is zero.

# Addition and subtraction involving zero

I can add and subtract zero and know when the difference is zero.

## Slide deck

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- When zero is added to a number the number, the number does not change.
- When zero is subtracted from a number, the number does not change.
- Subtracting a number from itself gives a difference of zero.

### Common misconception

Children may think that adding or subtracting zero gives zero. For example, 6 + 0 = 0 or 4 - 0 = 0

Use manipulatives to help children see that adding or subtracting zero will not change the starting amount. Model this alongside the written equation so that they can see what each part is representing.

### Keywords

Zero - Zero is the number that represents no amount or objects. When we add zero to a number, the result is just the number, unchanged.

Add - To find the total, or sum, by combining two or more parts (addends), or to increase an amount by adding another.

Subtract - To partition one part from another (the subtrahend from the difference), or to decrease an amount by taking an amount away.

Same - The equal sign is used to show that the values on either side of it are the same.

### Licence

This content is © Oak National Academy Limited (2024), licensed on Open Government Licence version 3.0 except where otherwise stated. See Oak's terms & conditions (Collection 2).

## Video

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## Worksheet

## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

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