1. 4th grade math question re "mode"

I and my 9-year-old granddaughter are having a problem understanding "mode." The definition being used is the value that occurs most often.

Problem: Tally sheet, divided into 2 columns, right column titled number of students; left column titled hours spent weekly on computer. 9 students spent 0 hrs; 5 students spent 1 hr; 3 spent 2 hrs; 3 spent 3 hrs; 2 spent 4 hrs; 1 spent 5 hrs; 0 spent 6 hrs; 2 spent 7 hrs. What is mode?

Question; Is 0 considered a value and therefore the mode would be 0 because 9 was the highest number? Or if not a value, is the mode 1 because the next highest number, 5, reported it.

We're at loggerheads on this, and she won't ask the teacher because it would embarrass her.

I surely would appreciate any help. Many thanks.

2. I would still consider 0, since its still a number and its relevent to the question.

So I would say the mode is 0.

3. 4th grade math question re "mode"

Thank you so much for your answer. I'm glad you could make sense out of my wording. When I reread my question just now, I realized I had stated my first answer for "mode" as 9 rather than 0!
Renee