Last week we moved from repeated addition and arrays into even and odd numbers. We have been doing skip counting since the beginning of school thanks to All Thing's Apple in 2nd's super awesome skip counting to a tune songs. My kids LOVE them. So far, we've learned up through the 6's.
We talked about how when things are even, they are the same - so all of the houses on Even Street needed to look the same. But, when things are "odd" they are a little quirky and strange - so all of the houses on Odd Street are very colorful and different looking - some even sitting sideways! The kids followed my example pretty well, so we made a super long (too long for my wall space) Even and Odd Street outside of our classroom with numbers 1-99!
All of the even numbers went on top, and odd on the bottom. Students also had to put their house numbers in order, just like we would find house numbers on our streets that we live on. This way, our Even and Odd Streets look more realistic.
Students wrote their house numbers on the roof and then colored their houses. We watched this video on the first day of learning about even and odd - so when I made my example for the kids, I made some bushes with even and odd numbers, like in the video. You'll see above, some of my kiddos really followed my example and even did the same thing with numbered bushes!
Want to do this activity with your kiddos?
Click here to download the blank house templates.
Then use large construction paper so that students can create their streets.
Now, hop on around for some other math tips for teaching numbers sense!