Even or Odd Nature Walk

Kathryn Gregory
Multiple Subject Teacher

Students will do a nature walk to find things in nature that are grouped in pairs that are odd or even.

Grade Level: 1 - 3rd

Subject: Math

Length of Time: 30 - 40 Minutes

Common Core Alignment

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.C.3 - Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.

Objectives & Outcomes

Students will determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members.

Materials Needed

  • A school garden or area with plants
  • Worksheet
  • Pencil

Procedure

Opening to Lesson

  • Students can be seated on the rug close to the teacher.

Body of Lesson

Modeling

  • Students will work in partners and go on a walk outside in the playground or garden and search for leaves or flowers.
  • Students will look at the features of the leaf or flower. If the leaf or flower is still attached to the tree, do not pick it!
  • Students can draw a picture of the leaf or flower with as many details as possible.
  • Have students count the pedals or the lines on the leaf.
  • Students will determine if the total number of lines are even or odd.
  • Students will determine if the total number of found objects is even or odd.

Independent Practice

  • Students can work in partners or independently to complete the Nature Walk Worksheet.

Closing

Hold a class discussion about the project. See if students can name the type of plants or flowers that they found.

Assessment & Evaluation

Students will be asked to complete a worksheet.

Modification & Differentiation

The teacher can work in with students in small groups for those who need extra assistance. Students who are reluctant to participate can work with a partner. Teacher can provide verbal and physical cues to help students.

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