Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A little something for my classroom...

So, I have a few students that are struggling with even and odd numbers. I decided to use my trusty Cricut, Gypsy, and my brand new Gingerbread cartridge (Thanks again Penny at Light Whimsy!) to make these adorable "even" and "odd" houses:
I used Recollections paper for all of the cuts. The houses and layers were cut at 11 1/2". (I cut off the window and the doors so that I would have more room for the numbers) The numbers are from Opposites Attract and were cut at 4 1/2". The arrows are from Don Juan. I "unlinked" the width and height so that they were skinnier and longer. They were cut at 0.77" w by 2.40" h. The words "even" and "odd houses" are from Cherry Limeade. They were welded together and cut at 3.10" h.
Then I used my white Gelly Roll pen to trace over the letters. They were laminated, and then I put magnet tape on the back of both houses so that they will stick right onto my wipe off board in the front of the classroom.



Each number stands for a number in the "ones" place. The arrows show...If you were to put a number (let's say 2) in front of each number you would have: 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29. These will all still be "odd" numbers. Same thing if you put a 3 in front of each number 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, and so on. When a student has a question about even/odd numbers all I have to say is, "Is it in the even house or the odd house?" When I taught kindergarten my little ones grasped this concept so quickly because of the houses that we made together. Now, I am using this as a review for my 2nd graders. I have found that this REALLY helps my students remember the difference between even and odd numbers. 

I hope this quick idea will be able to help your students, children, grandchildren, or friends! Happy crafting to you all!
<3 Kristy

8 comments:

Love That Bug said...

Kristy,
What a great project for your classroom.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs
Stacy

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

What a great idea and wonderful project for a class room. TFS

Uzueta said...

This is a great idea, thanks for sharing..

girlia said...

Really cute

Jill ~ Jillify It said...

What a great idea! I taught Kindergarten and 1st grades for several years and this would have been great & cute too!

~Jill

Jen said...

What a great idea...these are super cute. I'm now your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime. jennyscards.blogspot.com
hugs,jen

paprpiecekitty said...

This is so greAt. My second graders will really enjoy these houses. I cant wait to make it.

Shari said...

great idea! We are all blessed by teachers every day of our lives as we have all had teachers. Thanks for sharing and thanks for teaching.
Shari . . .