To introduce this concept of odd and even numbers, we talk about even numbers being the sum of two equal numbers. Or, you can say the parts of an even number can be divided into two equal groups. Odd numbers can be taught as numbers that cannot be grouped into two equal parts. You might say there is an “odd man out.”
Stand Up/ Sit Down This is a simple game that requires no preparation. After reviewing odd and even numbers, give the students a number. Instruct them to stand up if the number is even and sit down if the number is odd. For added practice, have a volunteer explain how he or she knows the number is odd or even.
Post-It Notes Write a number on enough Post-It notes for every student in the class. Give each student a note. Create two sections on the board labeled odd and even. Have a group at a time place their number in the correct category.
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Number Sort Printable Recording Page Colorful Number Cards Print the cards in color, laminate and cut. Students determine if each number is odd or even. You can have students record their answers on the recording page.
Roll the Dice Give students two number cubes. Students roll the dice and create a two digit number. You can have the students use the recording page from the Number Sort above to record if each number is odd or even.
Practice Booklet – print the just right pages for your students and create a booklet for independent practice or review