Place Value with The Three Little Pigs

We have really been drilling place value.  It's so important to have a deep understanding of place value in order to move on to other concepts like double-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  We spent about two weeks on tens and ones and another two weeks on hundreds.  We used our EnVision a lot and supplemented with Amy's Playing Around with Place Value resource during whole and small groups.  

Last week, I felt it was time to break out The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  I have posted about it before, but I wanted to share it again.  


This activity took about three days in its entirety.  The first day, we kicked off the lesson with Race to 100.  Anything involving a race always gets them excited!


The place value mat is from the Playing Around with Place Value pack.  I like it because it has visuals for the ones, tens, and hundreds.  


Each child has a set of place value manipulatives and a number cube.  They roll the number cube.  If they roll 3, they add 3 ones to the mat.  They keep rolling, adding that number to the mat each time.  When they have ten ones, they need to bundle those ones and trade them for a ten.  They continue until they have reached 100.  This game is a true assessment to see who actually understands how and when to regroup.  

After the race, I read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  Then, I like to model how to build a pig house.


Once I have modeled, they go back to their seats and I give them three digit numbers.  They then get to practice building their own houses with their place value blocks.

The following day, we practice again by building pig houses with the manipulatives.  Once I feel they are good, I give them the paper versions.


I gave them each a three-digit number to build.  You could let them make up their own.  Once they built their house, they had to label the number in standard, word, and expanded form.  


The next day, I took them out into the hallway to make our even and odd street.  They first had to determine whether their house number was even or odd.  Next, they had to order their houses from least to greatest down the street.  I loved listening to their conversations while doing this.  



Finally, we put them up on the wall.  Once I got my street up there, I realized how much it looked more like a river!  Bad color choice!  Oh well!





We also practiced place value concepts during centers.  


We ordered dominos from least to greatest, as well as greatest to least in another center.


They had to match standard form, expanded form, and base ten blocks.


Secret Number is my favorite!  One group member has the clue cards and gives clues to the other kids about the secret number.  There are mini hundreds charts included for them to eliminate numbers as they get new clues.  You could do this whole group, too.


Someone destroyed my other number cube the day I made pics.  :(  We have been working on comparing numbers, too.


And who doesn't love a good game of Bingo?!  

All of the centers are from my Place Value Learning Centers pack.  This pack is only for tens and ones.  I am going to adapt one for hundreds, as well, so stay tuned if that's something your little ones need.    

  
If you have any fun ways of teaching place value or if you've tried the Pig Houses activity, I would love to hear about it!

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