The ultra-flexible manipulative that helps students see and touch numbers, leading to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and making math problems easier to comprehend and solve.

 

Provide concrete representation of math concepts and operations with Cuisenaire Rods

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Cuisenaire Rods are a classic math manipulative that allow students to see numbers and their relationships on real-world objects. Since their wide-spread adoption in the 1950's they have become a stable of classroom manipulatives around the world.

Benefits of Cuisenaire Rods

  • Fit nicely into any curriculum across multiple grades, from colors and shapes to proportional reasoning
  • Engage students through active play that motivates them to learn math and build excitement for their math investigations
  • Build concrete understanding of numbers and the meaning of the mathematical properties
  • Create greater math confidence through active self-learning
  • Build conceptual understanding toward the obstruct understanding of mathematics

How They Work

Cuisenaire Rods come in 10 color-related sizes. When arranged in order of length, each rod differs from the next by exactly one unit. This pattern is commonly referred to as a "staircase." By arranging a value to one rod you can then assign values to the other rods by using the relationships among the rods. Cuisenaire Rods can be used to develop a wide variety of mathematical ideas at different levels of complexity.

Watch a video and see Cuisenaire Rods in action with renowned math expert Marilyn Burns.

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