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Heidi Moore

Joined: 01 Jul 2004
Posts: 17

 Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: Skip Counting by 2's I have two cute books about mittens: MISSING MITTENS by Stuart J. Murphy and THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY by Steven Kellogg. Both of them I ordered through Scholastic Book Clubs. The first book explains even and odd numbers with the help of a farmer and his animals and their missing mittens. Many of you are probably familiar with the second book. After reading these books, I passed out a sheet of paper with a pair of mittens on them. I wrote each child's name next to the left mitten and I asked them to design a mitten they would like to wear. I told them to leave the right mitten white. After they designed their mitten, I collected their papers. I looked at the designs and I matched children together based on their artistic abilities. I wrote a different child's name next to the right mitten and I asked them to copy the mitten created by their classmate so that they would have an even pair. They enjoyed the task. I placed an even number on each pair of mittens and put them up in the classroom so that the students can look at the numbers and practice counting by 2's up to 40. They enjoyed the activity so much that I had them do it again and we made a class book for them to check out so that they can skip count with their families as well.
Carol Fahl

Joined: 03 Jun 2003
Posts: 9
Location: Fort Wayne

 Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:45 am    Post subject: Odd/Even Numbers Another good book for teaching odd and even is Odd Todd and Even Steven. It is from Scholastic and the ISBN number is 0-590-22715-7.
Sandy Monnier

Joined: 01 Jul 2004
Posts: 12
Location: Fort Wayne

 Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:22 am    Post subject: Skip Countin Heidi, Your activity sounds really fun! I will try it in my classroom as well. This is also a great way for the students to pay attention to detail, so they are able to recreate the other child's design. Great idea!
Rosie Hamilton

Joined: 01 Jul 2004
Posts: 10
Location: East Chicago

 Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: Counting by 2 and symmetry I did something similar to Heidi's mittens with making butterflies. I had each student color/design one side of a butterfly. Then they switched with a partner(with once again equal artistic ability) and finished the other side. They had to keep in mind, symmetry. Then, we counted and recorded the number of wings and posted all the butterflies by our calendar. We practice counting by 2's daily and they admire their work.
Denise Geiser

Joined: 01 Jul 2004
Posts: 9
Location: Hammond

 Posted: Tue May 02, 2006 8:51 am    Post subject: Another Skip Counting Book The Ants Go Marching Two by Two is another skip counting book to add to your library. It is a book in the new series titled Number Tales. Number Tales include a book for each of the following: Zero, One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Twenty, Thirty, One Hundred, Skip Counting, Addition, and Subtraction. The Zero story is good too! If you like AlphaTales you will like their NumberTales too! I purchased the set through a Scholastic book club.
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