Lesson 4

Write Three-digit Numbers

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to use their understanding of place value to identify and write three-digit numbers.

Lesson Narrative

In previous lessons, students learned that the three digits in a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones.

In this lesson, students build on this understanding to write three-digit numbers when the number or value of the hundreds, tens, and ones are shown in different orders. Throughout the lesson, students practice identifying and writing three-digit numbers using their understanding of place value.

  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Read, write, and represent three-digit numbers using base-ten numerals.

Student Facing

  • Let’s represent three-digit numbers using base-ten numerals.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

Why is it important for students to be able to connect different representations of three-digit numbers? How does the work of today’s lesson help students expand their understanding of place value to include a hundred as a unit?

Suggested Centers

  • Greatest of Them All (1–5), Stage 1: Two-digit Numbers (Supporting)
  • Mystery Number (1–4), Stage 1: Two-digit Numbers (Supporting)

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