Reflection: Routines and Procedures Odd or Even - Section 1: Activator and Materials

I use the Turn and Talk routine very often in my instruction.  However, students need to be explicitly taught how to turn and talk.  In Reader's Workshop we use EEKK when reading with a partner.  The students are taught to sit "Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee; book in the middle so we both can see."

When we use EEKK procedure as part of the Turn and Talk strategy, students are taught to sit Eye to Eye (face to face) and Knee to Knee.  This allows the students to give good eye contact.

Also, it is important for students to understand the process of Turn and Talk.  Each partner has to talk, taking turns.  While one person talks, the other listens.  When the first person is finished, the second person gets a turn to talk while the other listens.  I teach the Turn and Talk strategy in a mini lesson at the beginning of the year.  Because it is used so often, students need to be explicitly taught the expectations in order to ensure they are using the time effectively and both parties are give a chance to express their ideas and thoughts.

Turn and Talk - EEKK!
Routines and Procedures: Turn and Talk - EEKK!

Odd or Even

Unit 4: Each Number Has a Place
Lesson 5 of 6

Big Idea: The big idea of this lesson is for students to be able to determine odd and even numbers and why it would be important to understand odd and even groups.

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