 What you need to know

Things to remember:

• You can use your finger to read place value from right to left.

When finding place value, we read from right to left: units, tens, hundreds, … Let’s look at the number 485

$$5\rightarrow Units$$

$$8\rightarrow Tens$$

$$4\rightarrow Hundreds$$

This means that we have 5 units, 8 tens, and 4 hundreds, or:

$400 + 80 + 5 = 485$

We can so the same when looking at four-digit numbers, we just need to know that the fourth-place value is “Thousands”. So, for the 5236 we’d write:

$$6\rightarrow Units$$

$$3\rightarrow Tens$$

$$2\rightarrow Hundreds$$

$$7\rightarrow Thousands$$

So, we have 7 “thousands”, 2 “hundreds”, 3 “tens”, and 6 “units”.

A typical question will ask you to find the value of a specific digit, such as “what is the value of the 9 in 2944?” To do this, we just read from right to left until we get to the 9.

$$4\rightarrow Units$$

$$4\rightarrow Tens$$

$$9\rightarrow Hundreds$$

So, the 9 represents the hundreds. This means that we have 9 hundreds, or 900. Notice how we didn’t need to go all the way up to the thousands as we stopped at the hundreds!

Example Questions

$$1\rightarrow Units$$

$$2\rightarrow Tens$$

The two represents the tens, so is worth 20.

Our answer is 20.

$$2\rightarrow Units$$

$$7\rightarrow Tens$$

$$6\rightarrow Hundreds$$

$$4\rightarrow Thousands$$

The 4 represents the thousands, so is actually worth 4000.

400 is not correct, the answer is 4000.