## Place Value Lyrics

By**Common Core**

### Place Value

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When I was small all I wanted was a dollar

Something I could look at when I opened up my wallet

I didn’t understand the value of money

That five dollars was worth less than twenty

What a decimal meant or how to round

The consequence of moving numbers around

I saw number sentences without words

Math was a new language. Where were my verbs?

I wrote 11+37 = 60

My teacher marked it wrong, she didn’t get me

I told her I was trying to be creative

She said math is logical, it never changes

11 + 37 = 48

Always 48, no need to estimate

Estimates are close to exact amounts

They only have value when a good guess counts

Place value, the value of a digit

Based on location, clap if you get it

4,253

We have to multiply, to know what it means

3 is in the ones place, so that’s 3

5 is in the tens place, that’s 50

2 times 100 is 200 and

4 times 1,000 is 4 thousand

1-0 is the standard form of ten

The word form is written T-E-N

Expanded form is a little bit different

It’s the way to show the value of each digit

Let’s take the number 2,584

2000 + 500 + 80 + 4

That’s expanded form, I can’t stop clapping

Let’s compare numbers to see what happens

92 is more than, greater than 7

The numbers 1 through 10 are less than 11

And 20 is equal to 20, always

I used to practice math terms in the hallways

{Music Stops}

Really?

Yeah, you know like. I would walk to class and quiz myself on things like order, which is the particular arrangement or placement of numbers one after the other. Like a pattern, 10, 20, 30, . . .

Weren’t you in the middle of a rap?

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(continued)

Groups of numbers separated by commas are periods

A comma after 3 digits show where a series ends

I’m serious, it goes ones, tens, and hundreds

One thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands

Before you estimate, you have to round

How do you know when to round up or down?

If the digit to the right is 4 or less

The number to the its left, remains in check

If the digit to the right is greater than 4

The number to its’ left adds one more

The rounding digit always becomes zero

Now you’re a place value hero

Place value, the value of a digit

Based on location, clap if you get it

4,253

We have to multiply, to know what it means

3 is in the ones place, so that’s 3

5 is in the tens place, that’s 50

2 times 100 is 200 and

4 times 1,000 is 4 thousand

Before you estimate, you have to round

How do you know when to round up or down?

If the digit to the right is 4 or less

The number to the its left, remains in check

If the digit to the right is greater than 4

The number to its’ left adds one more

The rounding digit always becomes zero

Now you’re a place value hero