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?
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.