I always read the book Even Steven and Odd Todd to introduce Odd and Even numbers to my class. Kids really enjoy the book and love diving into these fun activities which support Common Core Standard 2.OA.3. By the time we’re done with the activities and games, they have fully grasped the concept of odd/even numbers!
*A rhyming Odd/Even poster featuring Steven and Todd to hang in classroom.
*Search the Room Recording Sheet: To play, have kids walk around the room and go on a number hunt to find and sort O/E numbers.
*Highlight and Write Activity: I have made three of these sheets to provide for differentiation.
*The Name Game Sort: Kids love seeing their favorite authors and picture book characters in this activity! The activity comes as a CENTER (colored version) or it can be used as an independent activity (recording page included.) I also have provided differentiation for this activity.
*Odd/Even Jump: Again, I have included THREE versions
of the game. Same game but directions call for either 1, 2, or 3 dice to add together.
*Penny Grab: This game is also easy to differentiate by placing different amounts of pennies in brown lunch bags. Have kids grab a handful and count the pennies they pull out of bag. Write the total and indicate if it is an EVEN or ODD amount/number on the recording sheet.
Task Card: Design a House for one of the boys. Design an appropriate house for either Even Steven or Odd Todd. I display these homes on a bulletin board and make a STREET. Each child gets an index card and writes a HOUSE Number to match the house. (EVEN or ODD!) All odd numbers go on one side of the street and even house numbers on the other. Just like real life! I use this activity for an assessment.
Chit Chat: as a wrap-up, I like to pass out this paper for the kids to reflect on their learning and understandings of odd/even numbers. When we share out, I always have kids share their PARTNERS’ answers! It's great to send home so parents can "Chit Chat" as well!
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