Lesson 11

Large Numbers on a Number Line

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to use place value understanding to locate large numbers on a number line and describe number relationships in which one multi-digit number is ten times as much as another.

Lesson Narrative

In this lesson, students both estimate and precisely locate numbers through the hundred-thousands place on a number line. This lesson is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the relative position of multi-digit numbers to multiples of 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 100,000. They learn that when numbers are related by ten times as much, they are located in a position on a number line with the same relationship to surrounding benchmark numbers. Students will use the number line in the next section to round large numbers.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Describe the relative magnitude of multi-digit whole numbers within 1,000,000 using a number line and place value understanding.

Student Facing

  • Let’s locate multi-digit numbers on a number line.

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

Reflect on times you observed students listening to one another’s ideas today in class. What norms would help each student better attend to their classmates’ ideas in future lessons?

Suggested Centers

  • Greatest of Them All (1–5), Stage 3: Multi-digit Numbers (Addressing)
  • Tic Tac Round (3–5), Stage 1: Nearest Ten or Hundred (Supporting)

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