Materials: Provide one shaker per student or students can make their own shakers as a pre-activity to this lesson. Students can decorate empty small single-use water bottles, fill them with rice and then glue on the lid. Space to move without bumping in to one another. Noise cancelling headphones for students with sound sensitivities.
Accommodations: Make necessary accommodations based on the needs of individual students. Seated students can tap one hand on their desks instead of walking and use a shaker in the other hand. Provide noise cancelling headphones for students with noise sensitivities. Visual representations of even and odd numbers of items.
Review Expectations; Student Responsibilities I will listen carefully to the instructions and will follow them. I will make safe and responsible choices. I will respect the equipment and use it safely. I will respect and encourage my classmates. I will do my best!
Activity: Skip counting by 3s! Students get their shakers and gather in a circle facing inwards. Students then turn to the right. Students prepare to walk in a circle counter-clockwise beginning with the left foot (or the one inside of the circle) while holding their shakers in their right hands. Teacher prompts with “We will step with our left and say “1” and then step with our right and say “2”. As we step with our left again and say “3”, we shake our shaker. “Ready, Set, Step with your left, 1, …”. The students experience an odd skip counting pattern. For the second-round students are instructed to skip count by 3’s. Demonstrate for the students and point out that now we only say the number with the shaker. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36.
Skip counting by 4s! Next, the activity is repeated while skip counting by 4s from 4-48. Ask the students if they notice anything about their feet that is different between skip counting by 3s and skip counting by 4s. Guide the discussion to emphasize that the shaker is always on the same foot when skip-counting by 4s, but the stepping foot with the shaker changes when skip counting by 3s. Connect this experience to what the students already know about even and odd numbers. Use the visual representation of even an odd numbers of items. Repeat the activity once with 3s and then with 4s.
Take a Mindful Minute: Students are asked to sit back in their seats for a “Mindful Minute”. “Feet are flat on the floor, backs are straight, hands are still in our laps. We will now take five nice slow breaths while watching the breathing ball. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.”