Place value can be difficult for students to comprehend when they are beginning to learn it. When it comes to teaching expanded form, children often do not see how we can take numbers out and replace them with zeros and add them all together to create the same number. I have created a visual way for students to practice place value using a stairs model that helps them see as we move to the left, the numbers become bigger and actually represent big numbers! The number to be represented goes in the grey boxes and as they go up, more zeros appear under each number. I used these in my class by laminating them and having students use whiteboard markers on the charts to practice place value. This model can also help with testing because if a student is stuck on a place value question, they can draw the stairs to see a visual. I hope you find this helpful!