Grade: 3, Topic(s): place value

## Purpose

Reading and writing multi-digit whole numbers

white board and marker (for individual students)

Write a four-digit number, such as 2,354. Ask a child to read the number aloud. Repeat for other numbers in the thousands, or ten thousands, as appropriate for your class. Ask questions like, “Which *digit* is in the hundreds place?” or “What *number* is in the tens place?” The purpose here is to have children pay close attention to the language of *digit *and *number* and to be differentiate between the two.

Next, say a number and have a child write it on their board as a number. Repeat as time allows.

Part 1, reading a four-digit number, prompts children to decode the value and placement of a digit. Part 2, writing a four-digit number, asks children to translate a number said aloud into written form.

I’m going to write a four-digit number. What *digit* it in the ______ place? What *number* is in the ______ place?

Examples:

- 2,354
- What digit is in the hundreds place? (3)
- What number is in the tens place? (50)

- 5,968
- What digit is in the tens place? (6)
- What number is in the thousands place? (5,000)

- 3,022
- What digit is in the ones place? (2)
- What number is in the hundreds place? (0)

- 4,602
- What number is in the thousands place? (4,000)
- What digit is in the ones place? (2)

- 1,359
- What digit is in the hundreds place? (3)
- What number is in the thousands place? (1,000)

- 4,209
- What digit is in the tens place? (0)
- What number is in the thousands place? (4,000)

- 7,180
- What digit is in the ones place? (0)
- What number is in the hundreds place? (100)

*If children need more practice or are enjoying their mastery, repeat. If children are ready to move on, go to Part 2.*

I’m going to say a number and I’d like you to write it as a number.

Examples:

- Two thousand three hundred fifty seven (2,357)
- Three thousand sixteen (3,016)
- One thousand one (1,001)
- Seven thousand seventeen (7,017)
- One thousand two hundred twenty one (1,221)
- Three thousand one-hundred twenty three (3,123)
- Six thousand two-hundred three (6,203)
- Nine thousand five (9,005)

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