Common Core Math Vocabulary

Base Ten Numerals - Definition with Examples

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What are base ten numerals? 
In math, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are base ten numerals. 
 
base ten numerals
 
We can only count to nine without the need for two numerals or digits.
 
All numbers in the number system are made by combining these 10 numerals or digits.

Here, for instance, the number 978345162 is formed using the base 10 numerals.

using the base 10 numerals

  Fun Facts

  • Base ten numerals form the basis for our counting system and thus, our monetary system.
 

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Instead of handing out place value worksheets to your child, ask them to use base ten blocks to show the place value of each base ten numeral in a number. 
This will help them to not only help them to understand how base ten numerals form big numbers, but also their place value. 
 

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