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To prep the center, I printed it out and cut apart each of the number cards. Then I ran them through the laminator to give the pieces extra durability.
Since I know that hands-on manipulatives can be really helpful for some students, I pulled out a bin of counters I had handy.
We were ready to play!
Odd and Even Sort
We’ve been practicing odd and even numbers for awhile so I decided to use this activity as a math center students could complete with a partner.
We did a quick review of what makes odd and even numbers special:
Odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.
Even numbers end with 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8.
Then I set the first group of kids to work placing the numbers in the correct spot in the sort.
I showed students who were not as confident about their answers how to use the counters to make visual pairing.
If there was one left over, the number was odd. If every counter had a pair, the number was even.
It is a great way to differentiate for a variety of learners!
Once students could sort with confidence, I stretched the activity one step further by having them sort the numbers from smallest to biggest.
It was a great challenge for my little mathematicians because they were able to practice multiple skills in the same activity.