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Year 1

Introducing zero

I know what zero means and know when to use it.

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Year 1

Introducing zero

I know what zero means and know when to use it.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Understand that zero is a number which shows that there is no amount.
  2. Know the number word used is zero and the symbol used is 0
  3. Recite rhymes alongside representations to show zero in different contexts.

Common misconception

Know later, when zero is added to another number, some children believe the answer is zero.

Secure the idea that zero shows that there is no amount in many ways. Give children zero [noun] to hold.

Keywords

  • Zero - Zero shows that there is no amount.

  • Represent - To represent something is to show it in a different way.

Explore these slides practically. Recreate five little speckled frogs sat on a speckled log so that children see zero frogs.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Say the count. 2, 3, 4. What number comes next?
Correct answer: 5
6
7
Q2.
Say the count. 5, 6, 7, 8. What number comes next?
Correct answer: 9
10
11
Q3.
We can also count backwards. Say the count. What number comes next?
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4
5
Correct answer: 6
Q4.
Count the legs on the dog. The dog has ___________ legs.
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3
Correct answer: 4
5
Q5.
True or false. There are 6 cubes.
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Correct answer: True
False
Q6.
How many dots are on the dice? Can you say without counting?
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2
3
Correct answer: 4
5

6 Questions

Q1.
Which numeral represents zero?
1
Correct answer: 0
10
Q2.
What number comes next? 4, 3, 2, 1?
2
1
Correct answer: 0
Q3.
How many fingers are held up?
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Correct answer: 0
1
2
Q4.
Which log has zero frogs?
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a
Correct answer: b
c
Q5.
Which log has zero frogs?
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a
b
Correct answer: c
Q6.
True or false. 3 lily pads have zero bugs.
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True
Correct answer: False

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