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## Teachers know that kids (and adults) tend to key into color, and children love to use manipulatives!

Almost everyone has a set of Cuisenaire Rods sitting in their closet. If not, here are a couple of Amazon affiliate links:
With Cuisenaire Rods (see picture) the white rod, the smallest, is one cubic centimeter. (This is the same size as a standard base ten block.) The longest rod is orange. When the children put the rods by length, they make a colorful "staircase". (See picture.)

The children can then assign values to each rod by color based on the relationship of the other rods.

I like to start with sets of ten, since our number system is based on ten.  It's good for them to know those combinations of ten!

Since the orange rod has a value of 10, this picture shows 9+1=10. It also shows 1+9=10.It also shows 10-1=9 as well as 10-9=1.

What fact family do these blocks show?  6+4=10, 4+6=10, 10-6=4, and 10-4=6.

This one shows 6+6=12 and 12-6=6

The Cuisenaire Rods can also be used for multiple addends or even multiplication.  This could be 3+3+3+3=12 or 3x4=12.

When it comes to storage, the containers the rods come in are tricky for the kids to put away. I put my Cuisenaire Rods into containers that are much easier for little hands.

I made these center sheets for the students. I prefer the children work with partners on activities like this since their conversations help the learning.  If you run these off back to back, you can make two-sided, half-size papers.

Click the image or click here for the sample: Fact Families with Cuisenaire Rods Sample!

For more sheets like this, click here: Fact Families with Cuisenaire Rods

I also have a resource to develop Number Sense with Cuisenaire Rods that can be found HERE.

Plus, here's a chance to build with the rods and add up the sums with multiple addends HERE. (This one is a favorite... they LOVE building with the rods!)
• All the above resources can be found as a bundled set HERE.
• For a more advanced bundle of place value activities using Cuisenaire Rods see: HERE.
• Want to grab ALL these resources with Cuisenaire Rods? Save money with the bundle HERE.

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2. Thanks so much for an amazing freebie! Such fun :)
Laura
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4. This looks great! Can't wait to use it with my kids, we love our cuisenaire rods! Thanks for sharing!