Place Value


In our Place Value lesson plan, students learn about place values up to the millions place. Students practice identifying the correct place value and completing practice problems to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson material.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students write out each of the numbers from the activity using words for additional practice.

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What our Place Value lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Place Value enables students to identify the place value of digits to the one-millions place. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the place value of digits to the one-millions place. This lesson is for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For this lesson, the supplies you will need are glue or paste, scissors, and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can gather the material and copy the handouts. You can also prepare a list of meaningful numbers between two and seven digits each for the lesson opening and print extra digits for the activity worksheet.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. For this lesson, all of the suggested adjustments are for the activity worksheet. One of these suggestions is to have students write out each of the numbers from the activity using words. You can also read out some numbers and have them write them out using the digits.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that you could adapt this lesson for a younger group of students by discussing only up to the hundreds or thousands place rather than the millions. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Place Value

The Place Value lesson plan includes three pages of content. It begins by stating that there are numbers everywhere! Students will have an easier time understanding the numbers that they see once they understand place value. Numbers are made up of digits. For example, the number 268 has three digits. Each of these digits has a place value. The more digits a number has, the larger it is, and each digit has a value for the place it’s in. The lesson provides several examples.

The first example deals with the number 567, and the lesson asks students a number of questions about it. The lesson shows the number in a handy chart that shows place value. Students will learn that you say that number as five hundred sixty seven. The 7 is in the ones place, which means that there are 7 ones, or 7. Similarly, there are 6 tens, which is 60, and 5 hundreds, which is 500. The lesson then goes over a few additional examples. For the number 34, 4 is in the ones place and 3 is in the tens place. You say that number “thirty four.” The lesson also notes that the order of place value is always ones, tens, then hundreds. We read place value from right to left, and is very useful when adding or subtracting. You line the place values up.


The lesson then gives another example, this time including the thousands place. The number they use is 8,567. You say this number eight thousand five hundred sixty seven. The 8 is in the thousands place. You always put a comma after the thousands place, which lets you know to say “thousand.” Another example is the number 5,204. The 4 is in the ones place, the 0 is in the tens place, the 2 is in the hundreds place, and the 5 is in the thousands place. It also includes many other examples.

Ten Thousands, Hundred Thousands, and Millions

The final page of the lesson covers the ten thousands, hundred thousands, and millions places. These place values operate in the same way as the previous ones. For the number 38,567, the 3 is in the ten thousands place. With the number 238,567, the 2 is in the hundred thousands place. For the number 4,238,567, the 4 is in the millions place, meaning that there are 4 millions, 2 hundred thousands, 3 ten thousands, 8 thousands, 5 hundreds, 6 tens, and 7 ones. These numbers are all shown in helpful place value charts in the lesson. The lesson also notes that we use a second comma after the millions place.


The Place Value lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will first cut out the digits from the activity page. They will then paste them onto the other activity pages according to the instructions. For example, one of these sets of instructions is “Place a one in the ones place and a three in the tens place.” This will allow them to practice using place value charts, identify place value, and practice what they’ve learned during the lesson. Some of the instructions have them use place value up to the millions.

Students can also work in pairs for this activity if you’d prefer.


For the practice worksheet, students will complete two types of questions. The first section asks them to follow the instructions for each question to circle to correct number or numbers. For example, they will be asked to “Circle the digit in the ONES PLACE for each number.” For the second section, they will choose the correct place value for the digit that is highlighted in red.


The homework assignment asks students to complete two exercises. The first exercise asks them to circle the correct number for each number sentence. For example, they would circle the number 5,198 for the number sentence that reads “five thousand, one hundred ninety-eight.”

The second exercise asks students to write the correct number sentence for each number.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2, LB.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.1, LB.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.1

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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Very easy to implement

Patricia P.


Great to use with any child! I can add to it if I need to! Love this!