Read and Write Numbers to 1,000


With this lesson, students practice reading and writing numbers up to 1,000. Students will move between three forms: numerical symbols, written words, and expanded form.

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 find numbers around the school and write them in all three forms.

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What our Read and Write Numbers to 1,000 lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Read and Write Numbers to 1,000 teaches students the basics about reading and writing numbers up to 1,000. Students will learn how to read and write numbers using numerical symbols, written words, and expanded form. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to read and write numerical values from 0 to 1,000 in word, numeral, and expanded form. This lesson is for students in 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. The supplies you will need for this lesson are die, pencils, pens, highlighters, and crayons.

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. One optional adjustment to the lesson activity is to use dice with ten sides or dies that can have values written to increase the number of possible numerals. An optional addition to the lesson is to have students use and fill out place value charts for each number. You can also have your students find numbers around the school and write them in each form. They can also take pictures at home and in their neighborhood of numbers to bring back to the classroom and write in all three formats. Finally, you can combine this lesson with a lesson on place value for the most impact.

Teacher Notes

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Read and Write to 1,000

The Read and Write to 1,000 lesson plan includes two pages of content. There are three ways to represent numbers: numerals, words, and expanded form. Numerals are symbols made for specific amounts. For example, the symbol 3 represents III objects.

It’s also important to pay attention to the number of digits. The number 3 has one digit, the number 45 has two digits, the number 189 has three digits, and the number 1,000 has four digits. Each digit represents a place value. Place value helps us know how many objects there are. This is especially helpful when there are a lot of objects.

Each place value has a name. Words are the actual names for the symbols. For example, we write the symbol 3 as the word three, 6 as six, and so on. The lesson includes a chart that lists the names of numerals up to one hundred.

Expanded form is an addition sentence that shows place value (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones). We expand numerals out to show each place value. For example, the expanded form of 372 is 300 + 70 + 2. This shows that there are 3 hundreds, 7 tens, and 2 ones.

The lesson closes with three examples that show a number written in numerals, expanded form, and words. Once students learn to write numbers in all three forms, they can write numbers up to 1,000!


The Read and Write to 1,000 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 work with a partner to complete the lesson activity. Each pair will roll three dice and put them together to make a number. They’ll continue until they fill in the whole chart.


The practice worksheet asks students to complete a few short exercises. First, they’ll read numbers in word form and circle the correct numerical form. Next, they’ll write numbers in their expanded form, write numbers in words, and write words in numerals.


For the homework assignment, students will match numbers with the correctly written word form. They will also read numbers in word form and circle the correct numerical form. Finally, they will answer a question about how many digits are in the written form of a specific number.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for 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

grade level

2nd Grade



State Educational Standards