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This is another easy way to learn “evens” and “odds”
Title – Easy Evens and Odds
By – Victoria Tobin
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 2-3
OBJECTIVE SUMMARY: This is a simple way to help students learn even and odd numbers and to also recognize simple number patterns.
ESTIMATED TIME FRAME: Single class period (judge based on the ability of your students)
PREPARATIONS/NOTES: Be ready to split the class into two groups beforehand, or you may just do this when needed during the lesson. Also, it might be helpful to devise a rough outline on the notes your students will take on Odds and Evens, if necessary.
1. Introduce the lesson by telling the students you have a simple game to play. Instruct them that you will say a number and they must say the number that comes after it.
2. Begin by saying “1 (one)”, and the students say “2”. Then, you say “3” and the patter goes like such. So, you will be saying odd numbers, and your students will be saying even numbers.
3. As the students get the hang of it, switch positions. Now, have them say “1”, and you say “2”. Continue with this pattern, and even try having the students split into two groups, with one group saying odds and the others even.
4. Once this has been accomplished, introduce the vocabulary (even/odd) for the students’ notes. Have them recognize the even and odd numbers as well as the pattern (EOEOEO etc).
5. As your students can easily recognize the 5 even and odd numbers, instruct them how to determine the value of two and three digit numbers. (Explain that if the one’s place is even, the number is even, and vice-versa).
ADDITIONAL VARIATIONS/SUGGESTIONS: This game, once the students understand the concept of even and odd numbers, can be used as a warm-up during class. Split the students into two groups and ask each either “odds” or “evens”. Then see how long the two groups can count. You could also use this with other number patters, such as counting by threes or fives.