Pig Houses...

Hey everybody!  Has your week been crazy, too?!  Our second graders have been crazy about place value this week!  I just love teaching all the concepts that go along with this unit.  Our district has a math consultant, and we were fortunate enough to have her come to our classrooms this week.  She shared some really good ideas to reinforce place value.

First, we played "Race to 100!"  The kiddos just loved this one!  They each had a partner, a place-value mat, 2 dice, and base-ten blocks.  They took turns rolling the dice and added the sum to their place value mat each time.  The first to 100 won the game.  They love anything where they get to roll dice!

Next, they went to the carpet to hear this fabulous story:

I never thought of using this to teach place value!  I always used it to compare/contrast.  After they listened to the story, they went back to their seats to make pig houses out of the base-ten blocks.  This was a great assessment to see who could make the given number. 

Finally, they got to pick their own number and create a pig house for their number.  They had to write the number using digits and using words, since that was a skill we just learned.  I may go back and let them add expanded form to it once I have taught it. 

We then decided to make our very own even and odd street.  I have seen so many of these cute streets out in the blog world, and I just couldn't resist! 

Students had to distinguish between even and odd, and then work together to order their houses from least to greatest.

I am so excited tomorrow is Friday!  I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Tiffany @ The Lemonade Stand


  1. I love that you differentiated the odd and even street by using numbers beyond 100. I will be doing this with my second graders!

  2. I love this idea! I use this book a lot for compare and contrast as well, but what a fun, interactive way to apply it to place value. Thanks!

  3. I just did a variation of your lesson with my split 1/2 class (I modelled one of your houses but let them choose to make any picture they liked with the squares). They loved making pictures with the MAB block template and the lesson really reinforced their understanding of place value. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. We are your newest followers!

  5. Building with base 10 blocks...fun!

  6. This is excellent - thanks so much for sharing - I am going to use it as a Fun Friday activity with the story and also as one of my Discovery Learning time stations with 3 digit numbers supplied and a challenge to make a house for one of the numbers.

  7. I love this idea, but teach 3rd grade. Do you have any suggestions how to do this with 4 digit nimbers?

  8. What a great idea!! Glad I just saw this..we just finished place value so I am definitely going to do this with my 2nd graders:) Do you have the place value mat you can share? Thanks!!

  9. Fantastic post! I do a weekly math literature series on my blog and am always looking for ways to use literature in math class. Love!

    The Math Maniac

  10. I love this idea! I am going to do this with my special education students!

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