I created this poster to help students remember how to read larger numbers. The idea and story are as follows:
There are three boats and each one has a name (Million, Thousand, and Ones) all of which are written in the sail. Each boat also has three seats. Those seats have different names (Hundreds, Tens, and Ones Seats). There are also two fish in the water (serving as commas). As we know, fish (commas) do not belong in boats! Instead they are always found in the water! When it’s time to board the ships (or read a number), you always have to know your “seats” first and then “boat” last. Students are taught to read the entire number in the seats first and then the boat name. For example, if a student were trying to read the number 347, 834, 526 he would start by reading just the number in the seats of the farthest boat (from the right). The student would say three-hundred forty-seven. Then the student would read the boat name after reading the “seat” number.
My students love Sail Boat Place Value! Each time I use the poster, it’s so great to hear kids say, “That was EASY! I can read BIG numbers!” I have included a sample poster with the number from my example above. I have also included a blank poster so you can fill in your own numbers should you prefer!