Reading and Writing Numbers Teaching Resources
Teach students how to read and write numbers in a variety of forms with this extensive collection of printable worksheets, digital activities and more resources for Australian primary teachers!
Bring these essential maths skills to life with the help of Australian maths curriculumaligned resources that have been created with your lesson plans — and your students — in mind! Best of all, each resource has undergone a careful review process by an expert teacher on the Teach Starter team to ensure it's classroomready.
Looking for tips to help your students express quantities accurately and effectively? Read on for a primer from our teacher team on reading and writing numbers, how to teach these concepts and more!
Teaching Students How to Read Numbers
Before we can talk about writing numbers, we need to to set the foundation with reading them.
Once students can recognise numerals, it's typical for teachers to dive deep into place value. We want our students to understand that each digit's position in a number represents a different value (e.g., tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.).
With that comes the ability to read two and threedigit numbers (and later even larger whole numbers!) as our students come to understand that they're not seeing two distinct numerals sidebyside but a brandnew number that has been formed.
This requires learning new language too — words like twenty, thirty, forty, etc.
So let's break down how to read a few numbers!
Reading TwoDigit Numbers
In a twodigit number, the leftmost digit represents the number of tens, and the rightmost digit represents the number of ones. For example, let's look at the number 35.

 The digit 3 is in the tens place, so it represents 3 tens or 30.
 The digit 5 is in the ones place, so it represents 5 ones.
To read the number 35, you say 'thirtyfive.'
Here are a few more examples of how to read twodigit numbers:
 45 — fortyfive
 27 — twentyseven
 93 — ninetythree
Reading ThreeDigit Numbers
Let's go one level up. In a threedigit whole number, the leftmost digit represents the number of hundreds, the middle digit represents the number of tens and the rightmost digit represents the number of ones. For example, let's look at the number 371.

 The digit 3 is in the hundreds place, so it represents 3 hundreds or 300.
 The digit 7 is in the tens place, so it represents 7 tens or 70.
 The digit 1 is in the ones place, so it represents 1 one.
To read the number 371, you say 'three hundred seventyone.'
Here are a few more examples of how to read threedigit numbers:
 134 — one hundred thirtyfour
 469 — four hundred sixtynine
 873 — eight hundred seventythree
Teaching Students How to Write Numbers
Now that students can read multidigit numbers, we can start talking about writing them in different forms, including expanded form. Writing numbers again comes back to place value, with each digit in a number representing a different value based on its position within the number.
Here's what that looks like:
How to Write TwoDigit Numbers
Write the digit in the tens place first. This will be the leftmost digit in the twodigit number.
Next, write the digit in the ones place to the right of the first number.
For example, to write the number 'thirtyfive,' you would:
 Write the digit 3 in the tens place.
 Write the digit 5 in the ones place.
 In the end, you have written 35.
How to Write ThreeDigit Numbers
Write the digit in the hundreds place first. This will be the leftmost digit in the threedigit number.
Next, write the digit in the tens place to the right of the first number. This will be the middle digit in the threedigit number. Finally, write the digit in the ones place to the right of the middle digit.
For example, to write the number 'three hundred fiftytwo,' you would:
 Write the digit 3 in the hundreds place.
 Write the digit 5 in the tens place.
 Write the digit 2 in the ones place.
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Number of the Day Worksheet
Explore 4, 5, and 6digit numbers using this number of the day worksheet with your students.
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Number and Place Value Worksheets  Year 2
14 number worksheets linked to the Australian Curriculum.
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Number Talks  Place Value Task Cards
Build number sense skills with this set of 24 task cards.
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Tens and Ones  MAB Worksheet
A numeracy worksheet for students to use when learning about tens and ones.
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Exploring 2Digit Place Value PowerPoint
Explore 2digit numbers using place value strategies with an interactive teaching presentation.
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Flip, Draw, Expand!  Place Value Worksheet (3Digit Numbers)
A worksheet to use when consolidating understanding of place value to hundreds.
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Roll It, Make It, Expand It!  Place Value Worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when learning about the place value of twodigit numbers.
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Expanded Form Worksheet Pack
Practise expanding 2digit to 6digit numbers with this set of 5 worksheets.
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Representing TwoDigit Numbers  Place Value Worksheet
A set of worksheets for students to use when learning about place value and the different way twodigit numbers can be represented.
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3Digit Roll It, Make It, Expand It!  Place Value Worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when learning about the place value of threedigit numbers.
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4Digit Numbers Worksheet
Practise reading and writing 4digit numbers with this printable PDF worksheet.
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Flip, Draw, Expand!  Place Value Worksheet (2Digit Numbers)
A worksheet to use when consolidating understanding of 2digit place value.
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4Digit Number Riddles Cut and Paste
Use these 4digit number worksheets to help students practise matching numbers up to 10 000 with their word and expanded forms.
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Partitioning 3Digit Numbers Matching Activity
Help children partition 3digit numbers by identifying the place value of hundreds, tens, and ones with this matching activity.
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Place Value Penguin  Spreadsheet Pixel Art Activity
Practise identifying numbers in word form, expanded form, and standard form with a fun spreadsheet pixel art activity.
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Place Value Bingo Game – Numbers 0–10 000
Thirtytwo different bingo cards using place value to 10 000.
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Daily Spiral Maths Worksheet (34)
Review a variety of place value and number sense standards with a daily spiral maths review worksheet.
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5Digit Number of the Day Worksheet
A 5digit place value worksheet to represent the number of the day in different ways.
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3Digit Place Value Cover Up Game
Engage students in understanding place value to the hundreds with this place value card game.
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2Digit Number of the Day Worksheet
A 2digit place value worksheet to represent the number of the day in different ways.
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I Have, Who Has? Game – Place Value (2Digit Numbers)
A wholeclass game to consolidate students' understanding of place value.
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I Have, Who Has? 4 Digit Place Value Game
Explore numbers up to 4digits with this fun whole class place value game of 'I have, Who Has?'
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3Digit Place Value MiniBook
Explore place value in 3digit numbers with this place value minibook.
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Interactive PowerPoint  2Digit Place Value Game
Review various Year 1 and Year 2 place value concepts with an interactive daily place value warmup.
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Partitioning Numbers  MatchUp Activity
A set of partitioning number cards to create number sentences when grouping in tens.
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Exploring 3Digit Place Value PowerPoint
A 15 page editable PowerPoint to use in the classroom when introducing 3digit place value.
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2Digit Numbers in Expanded Form Worksheet
Explore twodigit numbers in standard form and expanded form with this set of two cutandpaste style worksheets.
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Hundreds Place Value Number Expander Template
Explore expanding 3 digit numbers with your students using this number expander template.
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MAB Block Picture Cards
A set of MAB Block picture cards to use when exploring place value and partitioning numbers.
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I Have, Who Has? Game  Place Value (3Digit Numbers)
A wholeclass game to consolidate students' understanding of 3digit place value.
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Exploring 4Digit Place Value PowerPoint
A 31 slide PowerPoint template to use when exploring place value to thousands.
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3Digit Place Value Warm Up  Interactive PowerPoint
An engaging 44 slide interactive PowerPoint to use when learning about place value to 3digits.