Whole numbers are
simply the numbers, 0,1,2,3,4,5,6…. (and so on). Whole numbers are used for
counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

So why do young
children need to understand whole numbers? It can make it easier for children
to understand the properties if integers. Integers and whole numbers are NOT
the same, but all whole numbers are integers. The difference is that integers
include negative numbers, while all whole numbers are non-negative. Zero is
neither positive nor negative.

When the teacher asks
students to round their math answers, the students will need to figure out
simple math in their heads. For example, the price of the pencil box is $1.95 and
a marker cost $0.99 and the child needs to figure out the total amount to make
payments. He will need to round up or down to the nearest whole number to
determine the estimated total. Thus, the price of the pencil box can be rounded
up to $2.00 and the marker to $1.00 to make the total of $3.00.

*Teachers do take note:*
Please use the
correct terms when teaching.

**More than**NOT bigger than

**Less than**NOT smaller than (use

**fewer than**)

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