The second activity I shared was to count on by ones and put one more acorn into the next cup then the cup before it had. We discovered that the cups would only hold five acorns. Rather than continue to do this activity using the ice cube tray we moved on to another type of container.
Then I asked him to put one acorn in the first liner, two in the second liner, and so on. When he had ten acorns in the last cup, I explained to him that all the cups with spider webs on them were odd numbers. That means that 1,3, 5, 7, and 9 are odd numbers. The even numbers were in the liners with the leaf design. That means that 2,4,6, and 8 are even numbers.
I wanted him to get the idea that the even and odd numbers follow an ab pattern. After looking at the cups carefully, he was able to explain to me which cups were even and which were odd and why. In the even nut cups, each nut has a buddy. In the odd nut cups, one nut is leftover.
A Book with a Nut Theme
Earl decides he needs to prove to his mom wrong and that he can do it on his own. By the end of the book, he does learn to find nuts on his own. It isn’t easy. There is a large bull in a field that contains a tree with nuts. Earl has to figure out a way to get the nuts pour down and get past the bull.
Earl the Squirrel is a book filled with adventure, challenges and tender moments. We loved this fun tale by the author Corduroy and I bet you will too.
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