Worksheet: Identifying Odd and Even Numbers by Pairing

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying whether a number, up to 20, is even or odd by grouping objects in pairs to see if one is left over.


Here is a group of 9 people.

Can we divide the group into pairs so that everyone has a partner?

  • A no
  • B yes


Is the number of stars even or odd?

  • A even
  • B odd


Salma counted 19 plants in her garden, but 4 of them were weeds. Will she have an even or odd number of plants after she removes the weeds? Why?

  • A An odd number, because the digit 1 in 15 is odd.
  • B An even number, because 4 is even.
  • C An even number, because there will not be one left over.
  • D An odd number, because 15 things have one left over when you put them in pairs.


Here is a group of 8 people.

Can we divide the group into pairs so that everyone has a partner?

  • Ayes
  • Bno


A number is odd if we cannot split it into groups of two with nothing left over.

If we try to split these 9 squares into groups of 2, there is always one left over. So, 9 is odd.

Which of the following numbers is odd?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D


Here are 57 dots. Is 57 even or odd?

  • A odd
  • B even


Nada is using ten frames to see if 14 is even or odd.

She knows that even numbers can be grouped into pairs, so she colours 14 squares in two ten frames and tries to see if every square has a partner.

She notices that the first ten frame is full and can always be grouped into pairs. So, to decide if the number is odd or even, she needs to look at the second ten frame, which is the ten frame for the unit digit.

Now it is your turn. Is 17 even or odd? Why?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D


Here are 46 dots. Is 46 even or odd?

  • A even
  • B odd


Every child has a partner to work with.