Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gettin' Piggy Wit It and a FREEBIE!

Emily and I were talking about making a place value pack and she sent me some cute frames with pink polka dots.   I immediately thought "Awwwww, cute!  Let's do a little piggy place value to match the pink frames!!"  Then I went to name the pack and started singing this hot jam from the late nineties:

Don't try to tell me you didn't sing along to this song whilst wearing your Mary Janes, rocking your sweet butterfly clips, and sporting your favorite coffee colored lip smacker.   You know you did.  If it was good enough for Cher Horowitz, it was good enough for all of us!

Anyway, moving on to the point of this post.  Place Value!  How on Earth do we teach Place Value?  We have a few tricks up our sleeves and we have certainly needed them over the years.  Our math series has the 2nd grade learning place value to the hundreds and the 3rd grade learning place value to the millions.  For anyone counting....THAT IS AN ENORMOUS JUMP AND MAKES MY HEAD SPIN!   AHH!

We have always taught children to remember the difference between place and value using this little gem of knowledge.  Place means where the digit lives.  Value means how much a digit is worth.  Our kids faithfully draw a house around the word "place" and a dollar sign above the word "value" on every paper, every homework assignment, every test, every journal activity, etc, get the idea.  This trick is 99% fool-proof and our kids always knock this (test section) outta the park.  If they don't, I usually bang my head against the wall offer an after school review.

You may already know this tip and if you, I wish I knew you/stalked your blog ten years ago. :)  If you want to download the poster, click {HERE} and if you need some task cards for Scoot click {HERE}.  Any of yall want these for free (today)?  Just follow us on BlogLovin or Instagram, send us an email at, and they are all yours.  Already following us?  We love you!  We will send them to you, too!

Thanks for reading yall, enjoy your hump day!


  1. As if! haha!
    You guys have an awesome blog!
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    Teaching with Mr. G

  2. First, I love the fact that you just quoted Clueless. Second, we are super pumped! Thank you!!!