Common Core Math Vocabulary

Whole Numbers - Definition with Examples

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What is a whole number?

In mathematics, whole numbers are the basic counting numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, … and so on.

Whole Numbers 0, 1, 2,3, 4

17, 99, 267, 8107 and 999999999 are examples of whole numbers.

Whole numbers include natural numbers that begin from 1 onwards.

whole number includes natural numbers

Whole numbers include positive integers along with 0.

  Fun Facts

  • There is no 'largest' whole number. 
  • Except 0, every whole number has an immediate predecessor or a number that comes before.
  • A decimal number or a fraction lies between two whole numbers, but are not whole numbers.  
 

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Zero, one, two, three and four.
Whole numbers are many more.
Go on! Count on my friend!
Whole numbers just don’t end!
 

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Ask children to observe and identify various forms of numbers around them, such as the position at which they are standing in a queue, the aisle in the supermarket store, the bill amount and the car number plate. Further ask them to identify which of them is whole number. 
 

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