Grade 3

Place Value

Empowered Learner, Computational Thinker


Place value is a concept that children have a difficult time grasping. The virtual manipulative at Toy Theater helps to teach place value by providing a visual representation for ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousand, and millions place value.

Students will:

  • Be able to learn the place value of numbers by placing them in the chart.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Place Value: Place Value refers to the value of a digit.
  2. Place: Place is the location of the digit in the number.

  3. Value: Value is how much the digit is worth.

To prepare for this lesson:

Note: This can be done as a whole class and with partners. Can be very helpful in small group instruction, or with intervention. This can also be adapted for lower grades. Use this mat for lower grades.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Introduce the students to Place Value using the videos and songs in the pre-planning section.
  2. Introduce the students to the Virtual Place Value Chart.
  3. Give the students a number to fill in the chart. They will click on the digits above and drag them to the chart.
  4. Students read the number aloud.
  5. Students can see the number broken down into expanded form, they read it aloud.
  6. The word form is provided as well to help with reading the number.
  7. The teacher can question the students with the values of digits in the chart.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Exit tickets.
  • Short written quiz.
  • Class discussion of math talks, number talks.
  • The teacher will create a FlipGrid or the students will to teach the concept of place value. 
  • Visit for printables and worksheets.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge 

Computational Thinker
5a. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
5c. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
5d. Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.


Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Apps. Extensions, Add-ons

How to use a Place Value Chart

Place Value Explained

Place Value Chart at Toy Theater

Place Value Song

What is Place Value





The students will write a set of directions on how to tell the value of a digit.

  • Students learn the Place Value Song.
  • Students draw pictorial examples of place value.
  • Students will create a Screencastify video explaining how to use Place Value.

The students will create a math learning log page with a place value chart. The class has number talks and math talks on place value.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, June 2021.