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Read and Write Numbers to 1000

Learn how to read & write numbers to 1000 with a fun song about expanded form, standard form, and word form. After reviewing the different number forms, the Numberock crew takes us on a musical journey to see numbers represented with base ten blocks, on place value charts, and review the ones, tens, and hundreds place values and how they can help us build number sense.

Read and Write Numbers to 1000 Song Lyrics:

2.NBT.3 - Read and Write Numbers (up to 1000)

Verse One
Look at the number “five hundred twenty-four.”
We can write the number out in word form
or show it on a place value chart.
Finally, expanded form breaks each place value apart.

Five groups of one hundred is 500, and next:
Two groups of ten equal 20, and then what's left?
Four ones makes 4, and the expanded form
of 524 is 500 + 20 + 4!
....Now check it out!

We can say a number’s name or write it out on a chart.
We can take each place value and then we can break it apart.
When we want to define numbers written this way…
we’ve learned the term “EXPANDED FORM”… so that’s what we say!

Check out these base 10 blocks;
let’s think about what we’ve got:
we can say they are constructed
from a one, ten, and one hundred.
When we stack ones ‘til the tenth unit,
a ten is made through it!
And after lining up ten tens,
one hundred comes into existence.
And ten hundreds will forever
make one thousand altogether.

So now let’s review them:
ten ones make a ten,
ten tens make a hundred, and then,
ten hundreds make one thousand...
it’s the base ten pattern that’ll never end.

Verse Two
Look at the number “nine hundred eighty-seven.”
Word form is how we write the words with a pencil or pen.
We can show it on a place value chart.
or--with expanded form--split each place value apart.

Nine groups of one hundred is 900, and next:
Eight groups of ten equals 80, and then what's left?
Seven ones makes 7, and the expanded form is then:
900 + 80 + 7!
...Now check it out!

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core place value standards from 1st Grade – 3rd Grade. Look into the relevant standards (1st Grade) here and (2nd Grade) here, or dig deeper into place value and our base-ten systems origins here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned place value lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 1.NBT.2, and 2.NBT.1 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets

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