By Lisa - Homeschooling Mom
At risk of repeating myself, we recently moved.. during the unpacking I came across some stuff we haven’t seen in while. One of things was a great big box of cuisenaire rods. If you don’t know what they are- they are wooden (or plastic) rods of varying colours and lengths that help with math skills and are used as math manipulatives and used with the popular Miquon math . They are also used to teach parts of the language but that’s another post…
My daughter didn’t have to much interest in them but both she ( 10 years) and my son (4 years) have been playing with them for almost 2 days straight… It is interesting to see how they both come at it differently. My son has spent HOURS trying to exactly math the pattern on the box they came in… my daughter is very interested in order and coming up with ways to group
What can you do with these colored wooden rods?
Books For Using Cuisenare Rods
Picture Puzzles With Cuisenaire Rods
Hidden Rods, Hidden Numbers
Using Cuisenaire rods: Probability & statistics
Idea Book for Cuisenaire Rods: Teacher\’s Resource Manual / Grades PreK-2
Idea Book: For Cuisenaire Rods at the Primary Level (No. 34070)
Cuisenaire Rods and supplies.
A few years ago I had trouble finding things related to cuisenaire rods didn’t cost a fortune or involve lots of book work. So I am compiling a list of GOOD cuisenaire rod sites/links and ideas. If you have one- please share!
Article on ways to use cuisenaire rods to explain verb tense : http://assoc.orange.fr/une.education.pour.demain/articlesrrr/sw/vts.htm Be patient- it may hurt your head a little but worth the effort :-)
This is kind of cool : http://cdsearch.britannica.com/lm/mathclub/activities/school_3/product.html, online game using the rods to add and subtract, featuring the female magician ( points for that alone! ) “Gordalina” .
Some Other Ideas for Cuisenaire Rods
Counting Pictures. Student makes a picture out of rods. It can even be a 3-D construction (build a house, fence, etc). When he’s finished, he sells it back to me for 10-rods. i.e., he gives me a 6 and a 4, and I give him a 10-rod. When he has all the 10-rods, he sells them back to me for a 100-board (a 10cm x 10cm piece of cardboard works fine). When he has sold everything back to me, we count how much his picture was worth. i.e., he may have three 100-boards, four 10-rods, and a 2-rod and 3-rod. Therefore his picture was worth 345 units. We write that number down to reinforce how place value works. Benefits: get familiar with the rod numbers, learn what adds up to 10, understand place value principles, have fun building pictures.
Mystery Tube. Cut a 3×5 card to 10 cm long, roll it into a tube, and tape it so it’s wide enough for a 10-rod to slide through easily. You slide two rods which add up to 10 into the mystery tube. When you show the student one open end of the tube, she figures out what the hidden mystery rod is. i.e., student sees that one end has a 6-rod, so the mystery rod must be a 4. Benefits: what adds up to 10, addition and subtraction principles. Of course, you can use mystery tubes of different lengths, and you could even slide three rods into a longer tube, let the student see both ends, and have her identify the middle rod.
How Much is a Million? A thousand is 10 x 10 x 10. So if you use cardstock to make a block (or buy one) that is 10 cm on a side, that’s equal to a thousand one-rods. Likewise, a million is 100 x 100 x 100. So in a corner of a room, measure 100 cm (ten 10-rods) in each direction to form an imaginary cube. That’s the volume of a million one-rods. It’s ROUGHLY the size of a card table. So how big would a BILLION one-rods be?
Excellent pre-miquon Cuisinenaire Rod resource : Cuisenaire Discovery Booklet & Cards. You can download the Acrobat (.pdf) files here: Booklet, Cards, and print your own copy. If you don’t have a colour printer, use this link for B&W Cards and get out your pencil crayons.
however you spell them: cuisinare rods- cuisenaire rods – quisonare rods (!) they are a great tool/toy !
Sizes and Colors of Cuisenaire Rods
White rod = 1 cm.
Red rod = 2 cm.
Light green rod = 3 cm.
Lavender rod = 4 cm.
Yellow rod = 5 cm.
Dark green rod = 6 cm.
Black rod = 7 cm.
Brown rod = 8 cm.
Blue rod = 9 cm.
Orange rod = 10 cm.
Do you have an idea or use for cuisenaire rods? Is there a site you would recommend? Please let us know! Just post in the comments section.