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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Introduction to odd and even numbers

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From: Loyd

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2003120918:34:06
Subject: Re: even numbers to asix year old

The way I was taught about that time was that the teacher used something like domino patterns to show the even and odd numbers. For example, 2 can be represented by a pair like a marriage. Three is a pair plus 1. The extra 1 doesn't have a mate or friend. Five is two pairs and one extra. The odd numbers always have an extra spot. For older kids, you might explain that 2 times any number is always even. If that is so, then 2 times any number plus 1 is always odd. That idea helps in algebra sometimes.

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