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Nesta and the Missing Zero

Purpose:

This is an activity based on the picture book Nesta and the Missing Zero

Achievement Objectives:

Achievement Objective: NA2-4: Know how many ones, tens, and hundreds are in whole numbers to at least 1000.
AO elaboration and other teaching resources

Specific Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to identify the impact on the value of a whole number when a zero is a place holder (for example 35 vs 305).
2. Students will be able to accurately read numbers to at least 1000.
Description of mathematics:
1. Zero plays a powerful role in numbers as a place holder.
2. A decimal number system has 10 digits, including zero, and numbers are read from left to right.
Required Resource Materials:
Nesta and the Missing Zero by Julie Leibrich
Place Value Houses – copymaster or commercially produced
Newspapers
Highlighters or felts
Activity:

A Day Without Zero
This activity is based on the picture book Nesta and the Missing Zero

Author: Julie Leibrich
Illustrator: Ross Kinnaird
Publisher: Scholastic (2006)
ISBN: 1-86943-730-6

Summary:
In the sequel to The Biggest Number in the Universe, Nesta has to help her neighbor, Mr Abacus, find zero. The loss of “nothing” throws the world into chaos and Nesta discovers the power of zero as a place-holder.

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