Use the place value charts below to show what a digit is worth.
The digit's place (or position) in a number determines its value.
For example, if you plotted the number 23, 087 on the one of the charts below, you would end up with the values of each number as follows:
Value of 2 is 20,000 or 2 X 10,000
Value of 3 is 3,000 or 3 X 1,000
Value of 0 is 0 or 0 X 100
Value of 8 is 80 or 8 X 10
Value of 7 is 7 or 7 X 1
In the example, 2 being in the ten thousands place gives it a value of 20,000 or 2 times 10,000.
Moving from right to left (ones to tens, tens to hundreds, and so on), the value of a number is increased by ten times.
You can print out the template below and practice writing numbers in the boxes to see how place value is distributed within a number.
As you move into larger numbers, commas are used to separate family groups into three divisions.
All family groups (billions, millions, thousands, and ones) can be separated into 100, 10, and 1 value groups. Commas are read as the group they identify.
Using the template below, the first comma is read as billion, the second as million, and the third as thousand. I've included a decimal point in the ones section signifying an end to whole numbers.
You can find decimal point charts at the bottom of this page.
The final template can be printed out and used for practice.
Simply write some numbers on the line for your child/students to graph on the chart. I've created a couple sample worksheets using Place Value here.
Find more math lessons covering place value and numbers below:
I've put together a list of educational resources that include links to more free work sheets, workbooks, home school curriculums, teacher resources, and learning toys.