Place Value on a Place Value Chart

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10125

Does the 6 in 60 have the same value as the 6 in 600 or 6000? Explore place value with educational videos and online math problems, use a place value chart with candy, read a book, and even write one!



learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


The definition of value is the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. Everything has value and it can be different depending on the subject.

  • What is the value of a good book?
  • Is it that it made you laugh or you learned something?
  • What is the value of a number?

It depends, so read on to find out more!

In this lesson, you will learn about the place value structure of the base ten number system.

You are probably already familiar with the place value chart, but take a moment to review with an introduction to place value. Listen to the following video, Place Value Song (Rude by MAGIC! Parody), from Mr. Peter's Classroom, for a review of place value:


Next, you will watch a video to learn about the relationships between digits and their place value. Be ready to answer the following questions from the video:

  • How does the value of a digit change as it moves to the left on a place value chart?
  • What is the relationship between the ones and the tens? The tens and the hundreds? The hundreds and the thousands?
  • What is the relationship between the tens and thousands? The thousands and hundred thousands?
  • What is the value of a 5 as it moves to the left on a place value chart? Begin with the ones column and write a multiplication sentence for each column. For example, 5 x 1 = 5, 5 x 10 = 50, and so on.

Now, watch Understand relationships between digits and their place value from LearnZillion.

After you answer the questions, practice place value problems to strengthen your skills. Visit the following links from IXL Learning, Inc., for online practice:

Have your parent or teacher choose a base ten blocks worksheet from for you to work on.

When you are finished and feeling more comfortable with place values, continue on to the Got It? section for some sweet practice!

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