# Explain and represent multiplication when a group contains zero or one items

I can explain and represent multiplication when a group contains zero or one items.

# Explain and represent multiplication when a group contains zero or one items

I can explain and represent multiplication when a group contains zero or one items.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- You can explain and represent multiplication when a group contains zero or one items.
- The group size can be 1 and the number of groups can be 1
- If there are 3 groups of zero then we can write 0 + 0 + 0 or 3 x 0

### Common misconception

Children may struggle to comprehend groups of zero. For example children may see four empty plates as four groups of one.

Use a context where the number of groups is still visible when the group size is zero. Remember to make the distinction as to what is representing zero. Use the familiar stem sentences There are ___ groups of ___.

### 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.

Group / grouping - A set of things with an identity.

### Licence

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## Video

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

2 × 0

4 × 0

3 × 0

2 × 1

4 × 1

5 groups of 0

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1

0 + 0 + 0 + 0

4 groups of 1