## Reflection: Checks for Understanding Odd or Even - Section 2: Develop the Concept

Whenever I use a read aloud to develop a concept, especially in math, I always try to give my students a purpose.  Many students will "tune out" during a read aloud if they are not given something that they are supposed to be looking or listening for.  In this lesson, I tell my students prior to the read aloud that I need them to be "number detectives."  I ask them to be on the look out for the odd and even numbers throughout the book.  It is important to have the flexibility to stop as students point of these numbers.  Can the students explain why the number shown is odd or even?  This keeps the class engaged in the story and helps check for understanding of the concept taught.

Purpose and Motivation in Read Alouds
Checks for Understanding: Purpose and Motivation in Read Alouds

# 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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### Kristen O'Connor

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