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Ways to Read and Write a Number

Ways to Read and Write a Number

Author: Rachel Casto

I can read and write whole numbers less than or equal to 1,000,000 in base-ten numerals, number name, and expanded form.

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Key Vocabulary

place value-the value of where a digit is in a number
**4th grade expectation-->ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands, millions

base-ten numeral-another name for the decimal number system that we use every day ("the regular way to write a number"); sometimes called standard form  (Example: 8,384)

number name-writing a number using only words; sometimes called word form  (Example: 1,298 is one thousand, two hundred ninety-eight)

expanded form-writing a number to show the value of each digit ("stretch it out")  (Example:  546=500+40+6)

Below you will find resources to help students read and write numbers in different ways.

BASE-TEN NUMERAL ("standard")

Numeric Form
​(Source: Learn Zillion)


Expanded Form
(Source: Khan Academy)

Expanded Form
(Source: StudyJams)

Expanded Form
(Source: Learn Zillion)

NUMBER NAME ("word form")

Word Form
​(Source: Learn Zillion)

All 3 Forms--Writing Numbers with Zeros

Writing Numbers with Zeros
(Source:  Learn Zillion)

Base-Ten Numerals


Number Name


Expanded Form