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 Mrs. M Joined: Nov 2005 Posts: 180 Full Member
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Ideas for teaching odd/even numbers?
01-21-2007, 07:46 AM
 #1

Hi,
Just looking for some cute ideas / activities to teach children the concept of odd and even numbers. Thanks so much!

 cinaminsweet Joined: Jul 2006 Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
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Even and Odd
01-21-2007, 10:09 AM
 #2

Here is a song that I probably got from someone at this board. You sing it in the tune of "Bingo"

There was a farmer had a cow and Even was her name-o!
0,2,4,6,8! 0,2,4,6,8! 0,2,4,6,8!
And Even was her name-o!

There was a farmer had a pig and Odd was his name-o!
1,3,5,7,9! 1,3,5,7,9! 1,3,5,7,9!
And Odd was his name-o!

I printed the song on chart paper and then had a picture of a cow with the even numbers on and a pig with the odd numbers on it. My kids always like learning new songs and when we took our test on even and odd, I could hear some of them humming to to themselves to help them remember.

I also read the story "Even Steven and Odd Todd." It's a really cute story. Here is the link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Even-Steven-le...e=UTF8&s=books

Last edited by cinaminsweet; 01-21-2007 at 07:58 PM..

 summertime Joined: Aug 2005 Posts: 2,899 Senior Member
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01-21-2007, 01:37 PM
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I have a poem I am trying to find. I always tell my children that even has 4 letters and odd has 3. It is a good way to remember which is which!!!

When and if I find the poem I will post.

 msharkey Joined: Nov 2006 Posts: 2,139 Senior Member
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Odd Todd and Even Steven
01-21-2007, 04:15 PM
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I start off by reading "Odd Todd and Even Steven". The author escapes me (I'm home and the book is in school) but it is a Hello Reader (I believe).

I usually tell the kids that even numbers have partners with no left overs. Odd numbers have a left over when partnered. We also talk about counting by 2's and introduce that numbers that count by 2's are even and the others are odd.

For an activity, we spell our names and determine if we are an "Odd Todd" (with odd number of letters in our name) or an "Even Steven" (with an even number of letters in our name). We chart our names and make discoveries.

Homework that night is to spell all names in the household and determine who is an Odd Todd and who is an Even Steven.

The kids like the activity and I find them asking how to spell others in the school to determine if they are Odd Todd or Even Steven.

Hope it helps,
Maureen
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 summertime Joined: Aug 2005 Posts: 2,899 Senior Member
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found it
01-21-2007, 04:21 PM
 #5

I found the poem! I also attached it typed up!

Odd and Even By Marg Wadsworth

If you are an even number
You always have a pair
So if you look around
Your buddy will always be there
But ...
If you are an odd number
There's always a lonely one
He looks around to find his buddy
But he's the only one.

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01-21-2007, 04:50 PM
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We say this cheer every day:

2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate?
EVENS!!! (whisper) and 0
1,3,5,7,9, we think odds are mighty fine!

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Odd and Even
01-21-2007, 05:17 PM
 #7

I also do some poems/chants that have been listed above.

A fun activity also is charting numbers. I will give each child different # cards (according to ability) and some graph paper. Say if the number is 7, they will color in 7 squares on the graph paper....always coloring 2 by 2 so at the end they can see if 1 is left without a partner. Then they cut this out and glue onto a larger paper with the number next to it and write either odd or even.

 Mrs. M Joined: Nov 2005 Posts: 180 Full Member
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Thanks so much!
01-22-2007, 03:21 PM
 #8

Thank you! Those ideas are great! Thank you for the attachments also!

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05-24-2009, 06:33 PM
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Thanks guys for these suggestions. They are fabulous. I specially like the song and poem. Thanks again.

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Odd Todd Even Steven
09-18-2009, 12:19 PM
 #10

Hi Maureen-
I really like your idea but was unable to see your powerpoint. Could you re-post it or email it to me? Thanks, Catrina

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