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# Teaching Odd and Even Numbers Using Beads

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas

The teacher and students use written numbers and glass beads to practice counting from 1-10. The teacher then introduces the concept of odd and even numbers and then reviews them with the class.

Today I’m going to show you how we work with odd and even numbers in a Montessori preschool classroom. In our classroom, we use the term cards and counters. We are teaching the children to differentiate between odd and even numbers from number one to ten using our counters, cards, and counters. The children will be able to identify that an odd number does not have a friend, and an even number does have a friend. And with an even number, we can divide by two and with an odd number, we cannot divide by two. Our numbers range from number one to number ten. Okay, friends today we’re going to learn about odd and even numbers. Odd and even numbers are numbers with a partner or without a partner. So, first we’re going to take all our cards and counters and we are going to put our numbers down. Now, what is our first number on the number line? But first, we start with? Zero, and zero means? And the next number after zero? So, Mrs. Dana’s going to take number one. And what number comes after one? Good job. So, now we know our numbers. So, Mrs. Dana’s going to do the first two, and then I’m going to call each one of you to do the next number. So, my first number is number one. So, I’m going to put one counter under number one. So, say this with me one. One. Next number is number? Two. One, two. That’s number two. Number one is an odd number. Can you say that? Number two is a, even number. Now, I’m going to call on a friend to do number three. Kara, can I start with you please, to do number three? Is it an odd or even number? Why? Thank you, the last one does not have a friend. So, number three is an odd number. So, let’s go through all of our numbers from number one to number ten and we can identify, we can divide by two. Good job. So, let’s go through all our numbers from number one to ten and we’re going to identify the odd or even numbers. So, number one is? Odd. Number two is? Even. Number three? Odd. Number four? Even. Number five? Odd. Number six? Even. Number seven? Odd. Number eight? Even. Number nine? Odd. All right. Now, let’s identify all the odd numbers now. The fair one that does not have a friend. All the odd numbers. One. Class, (three, five, seven). Nine. Again, one, three, five, seven, nine. Now, let’s say the even numbers, two, four, six, eight, ten. And those are our even numbers. So, now we know how to identify odd and even numbers. Well, well-done friends. We did a wonderful job. Thank you very much.

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