# Place Value Charts for Whole Numbers and Decimals

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Whole Number Chart: This is another ridiculously simple form that is a good adjunct to teaching place value (up to billions). Suggested uses: 1) Dictate numbers that students write into appropriate columns, or (more fun) 2) Have the students fill in one line with random digits and teach them how to read the completed number with correct place value nomenclature. Most have no trouble “reading” 3-digit numbers; here they will learn that they read the 3 digits between dark lines the same way, just inserting the word "thousand," "million," or "billion." Use the opportunity to introduce the paradox that many kids I teach haven’t fully understood: lines of text are aligned on the left margin when writing, but numbers, when arranged for computation, are aligned on the right (next to the ones column).
Whole Number and Decimal Chart: This chart includes whole numbers up trillions and decimal places to trillionths. Again, if you dictate numbers with decimals, e.g., 23 and 67 thousandths, the student can learn to place the 67 in such a way that the 7 is in the thousandths place, thus seeing that a zero will have to be inserted to hold the tenths place (23.067).
Use these as you wish and let me know if you see a way to make them more useful. Susan, Morris Tutoring Productions
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