As adults, we never really know when we need to know number words – until we NEED to know number words. It is essential students know how to write number words and these number word printables for spelling practice (print and cursive) are a fun way to help.
Why do we need to learn number words?
Living in America, checks became obsolete to me after some time. I had them as a young adult, but preferred just to use my debit card.
Fast forward eons later, my husband started a business on our little island where we have to use checks to buy material and supplies for his construction business.
Even to take money out of the bank we have to write a check to the bank in order to withdraw money from the business account.
This is when I found myself wondering if I spell 40 like forty or fourty. Is it fifty or fiftey? I know an “and” goes somewhere, but where does it go? It was simple enough to remember, but I was shocked that I was stumped on something that should have been so simple.
Writing Names of Numbers
Number recognition as adults is a cinch, writing numbers in words… not so much, unless you write word names often.
Learning to write number words is part of math, numbers, math literacy, and spelling. It is essential for students to be able to translate the written version of number words into digits and vice versa. Number words are important for:
- Solving word problems/story problems in math
- Reading signs or ads
- Identifying and reading numbers in books
- Reading and identifying number words in newspapers
- Writing checks
How do you write numbers in words?
Before learning to write numbers words, students need to know how to spell and count. Once students know how to spell, learning to write number words should follow in your lesson plans.
Once students can start identifying larger numbers, they can then begin to start writing number words in the way they are said in number form. To help your students you can provide them with many number word printables for number practice.
What are the 3 ways to write numbers?
So, we know that we can make number words and write an actual digit number. However, do you know that there are 3 different ways to write a number? Standard form, expanded form, and word form are all ways we view written numbers.
Standard form consists of only digits (no words). 3,987,555
Word form is the way we write numbers with words. Three million, nine hundred eighty seven thousand, five hundred and fifty five (Also written as three million, nine hundred eighty-seven thousand, five hundred and fifty-five with no digit number)
Expanded form is another way we write numbers. Expanded form is writing the numbers as the sum of the value of its digits, with the concept of place values as the purpose. 3,000,000 0 +80,000 + 7,000 + 500 + 50 + 5.
Should I write numbers or spell them out?
While there is no hard rule regarding the proper grammar of writing numbers, it’s important to remain consistent. If you write out a number word in a sentence and then follow it by just writing the actual number, that looks strange and wouldn’t be the best way.
The best practice is to write out the number words in your papers when using numbers one through one hundred. The technical and scientific way to write numbers would be to not spell them out. Learn more about when you should spell out numbers.
Spelling number words can be confusing for kids. While your students are learning to spell, you will do well to add some number words to their spelling word lists or even as some challenging sight words.
Additionally, use number word printables for spelling practice (print and cursive) to get your students comfortable with writing number words. Note: Check out some help with spelling if your child has difficulty enjoying spelling in your homeschool.
You can help your students identify the number words in the world around them for future math lessons. Prepare them for adulthood in things like writing checks and reading the numbers in various texts they encounter in their daily lives.
Free Number Words Printable
Grab this Number Words Spelling Pack below to learn the correct number word for digit numbers.
You can add these word numbers printables to a number card each, to math folders, pocket chart games, or number charts.
You can also use them as review worksheets, a coloring activity, as extra practice, or even as homeschool classroom displays during your lessons.
This free pdf file instant download is perfect for all kids who are writing out the word form of numbers.
Teach your young learners how to spell numbers in word form with this number words spelling activity pack.
This resource will give your kids plenty of practice spelling number words in both print and cursive handwriting. They will also enjoy the drawing prompt that invites them to show the number in object form.
Since there are several activities on each page, consider breaking them up into chunks and doing 1 to 2 number activities per day.
These free number words worksheets and printable pages also pair well with other number-learning free printable worksheets and resources.
Download: Number Words Printables
Free Number Words Chart
If you are like me, you find colorful charts and posters a fun addition to a homeschool binder, especially for little ones. I live using a learning binder that has great visuals for easy reference.
This colorful number words chart is a perfect companion for the number words spelling pack above.
This fun, colorful chart of number words can be laminated and put on your homeschool wall, or you can add it to a learning binder for easy reference. Download: Free Number Words Spelling Poster
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!