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Exploration of even and odd numbers through a jump start in literature.
- Even Steven and Odd Todd book
- counting cubes
- Students will be able to verbally say if a number is even or odd using cubes.
- Read Even Steven and Odd Todd to the class. As you read, have students count the things that Steven and Todd like and dislike. Have them try to guess why Steven doesn't like things that Todd likes.
- Give each child 10 cubes. Have them pair the set of ten into twos. Explain to them that 10 is even because there is no "odd man out".
- Have them break all the cubes apart. Pick up one from each child so they have nine. Have them pair them up. Show them the "odd man out". Explain to them that 9 is odd because of this.
- Continue in this fashion with 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
- Have students color odd and even numbers on a hundreds chart.
- Give students 20 cubes and a worksheet with numbers on it. (any numbers on them from 1-20) Have the students write odd or even next to the number. They may use the cubes to pair them off to see if the number is odd or even.