Today we had a great time learning about odd and even numbers...and best of all, my kids really got it! We started by reading the story Even Steven and Odd Todd. Missing Mittens is another cute story about odd and even numbers, but I wasn't able to get a copy of it. We talked about what even and odd numbers are, and that all even numbers can form partners with no leftovers.
Then we played a game called "Odd Man Out." I showed a number and called that many children to the front. They had to find partners to form pairs. If the children were able to form partners with no leftovers, the class determined the number was even. If there was an odd man out, they decided the number was odd. The children helped me to sort each number on the correct side of our t-chart. We repeated this a few times.
For the remainder of the numbers, the children worked with partners using unifix cubes. I showed a number, then one partner would count out the cubes and the other partner would connect them in pairs. Then they would discuss with their partner and decide whether the number was even or odd. Finally, one person from each table shared their findings and explained their thinking.
I found this cute video on Brainpop. We will be watching this tomorrow as a review.
My kids LOVE Brainpop!
Here is a cute chant we did to help remember the even and odd numbers:
0, 2, 4, 6, 8, even numbers are great!
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, odd numbers are divine!