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X has 5 base-ten blocks. She models a number that is less than 999. The number she models has a zero in the tens place and a zero in the ones place. What number is she modeling?

Friday, October 1st, 2010


Base ten blocks are a mathematical manipulative used to learn basic mathematical concepts including addition, subtraction, number sense, place value and counting. You can manipulate the blocks in different ways to express numbers and patterns. Generally, the 3-dimensional blocks are made of a solid material such as plastic or wood and come in four sizes to indicate their individual place value: Units (one’s place), Longs (ten’s place), Flats (hundred’s place) and Big Blocks (thousand’s place). There are also computer programs available that simulate base ten blocks.

Since the number that is being modeled has a zero in the tens place and a zero in the ones place, there are no Longs or Units. Since the number is less than 999, there are no Big Blocks. That leaves only Flats, and there must be five Flats. Since each Flat represents one hundred, the number must be 500.

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