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Showing posts with label fact families. Show all posts
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Number Sense with Cuisenaire Rods


Although I teach second grade, I still have some kids who really need some basic number sense! These are the kids who still don't automatically "count on" when adding two numbers together, or determining the sum of two dice. They still count the dots!
 
 These kids need more "hands on" opportunity to get to know these numbers inside out!



I absolutely LOVE Cuisenaire Rods for helping children develop their number sense. I posted about them a while ago with THIS POST about using Cuisenaire Rods to practice math facts and fact families. I've got some kids who need to back up even further and really need to get to know the individual numbers by using these manipulatives.


It's a good idea to give the children a couple of sessions for free explorations with the Cuisenaire Rods. They'll catch on that the smallest cubes are always white, and that the longest  ones are orange. Sooner or later, they'll figure out the "staircase". From the staircase, they'll figure out the value of each color, so it's a good idea to start them off by building a staircase from this point on.

Number Sense with Cuisenaire Rods: this post discusses the importance of Number Sense, and gives some suggestions on developing number sense with the use of Cuisenaire Rods.
I've put together a few exercises with the Cuisenaire Rods to help build number sense. Click HERE or click the image to the right for a freebie on the number 5 (the yellow rod).

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Sense-With-Cuisenaire-Rods-Freebie-1229040?utm_source=73b&utm_campaign=number%20sense%20cuisenaire%20freebie

If you're interested in more activities for the other colored rods, see the image below or see here: Number Sense With Cuisenaire Rods


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Sense-with-Cuisenaire-Rods-512794?utm_source=73b&utm_campaign=number%20sense%20cuisenaire%20
 

I have also developed a resource for Cuisenaire Rods to help the little ones learn Math Facts with fact families.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fact-Families-With-Cuisenaire-Rods-242952?utm_source=73b&utm_campaign=cuisenaire%20fact%20families

And yes... there's another set. This is the most popular with the kiddos: Once they develop number sense and know fact families, they can build with the rods and practice adding multiple addends!  See it here: Cuisenaire Rods Build it and Add!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cuisenaire-Rods-Build-It-and-Add-with-Multiple-Addends-3432847?utm_source=73b&utm_campaign=cuisenaire%20build%20it%20and%20add

You want them all! Yes, there's a bundle, and it's 30% off the individual prices!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cuisenaire-Rods-Making-Mathematicians-with-Manipulatives-Bundle-2078673?utm_source=73b&utm_campaign=cuisenaire%20making%20mathematicians%20bundle







Number Sense with Cuisenaire Rods: this post discusses the importance of Number Sense, and gives some suggestions on developing number sense with the use of Cuisenaire Rods. (Includes a freebie!)




Learning Math Facts With Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie

Brain Research tells us that being physically involved with the learning process helps learning. It also suggests that use of color helps make connections. Teachers know that kids (and adults) tend to key into color, and children love to use manipulatives!

Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!
 Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!

Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!
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 upon the relationship of the other rods.
Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!
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!

Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas! 



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.

Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas! 





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

Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!



 








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


Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas! 



 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 a container much easier for little hands.

Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!


I made these center sheets for the students. I prefer the children work with partners on activities like this since the conversations they have 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 freebie: Fact Families with Cuisenaire Rods Freebie!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hiHZso85dk7auMXt9_JM8D7uTucjgK_E/view
For more sheets like this, click here: Fact Families with Cuisenaire Rods

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fact-Families-With-Cuisenaire-Rods-242952?utm_source=blog%20post%2045b&utm_campaign=Fact%20Family%20Cuilsenaire
I also have a resource to develop Number Sense with Cuisenaire Rods that can be found HERE.

Plus, 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 three resources can be found as a bundled set HERE.


Learning Math Facts with Cuisenaire Rods and a Freebie - Cuisenaire Rods are fun for the kids and helpful for learning valuable math concepts. Here are some ideas!
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