Addition and Subtraction with Cuisenaire Rods Book
This 208-page resource contains complete lesson plans for a systematic presentation of topics such as inequalities, addition with 1-digit numbers, missing addends, and subtraction with 1-digit numbers using the rods. Using appealing and enjoyable activities, students are led from concrete experience to pictorial representation, then to activities with numbers. Includes blackline masters of activity pages for the student.
By Patricia S. Davidson. In carefully sequenced steps, from initial concrete experiences to pictorial interpretations, students will learn about inequalities, addition and subtraction with one-digit numbers, and missing addends. This completely revised edition includes blackline master activity pages to give students extra practice. 204 pages. Grades K2.
Before a child can grasp the abstract ideas needed for computational skills, the concrete foundation must be laid. These colorful rods, based on a 1 cm. unit, accurately portray the volume of a number. They encourage tactile manipulation of numbers and model-building, patterning and spatial discovery. Rods are flexible - they can be used to model almost any mathematical concept and develop a wide variety of skills.
Cuisenaire Rods sparked our childrens interest in arithmetic through lively investigation and visual and tangible confirmation of math concepts. I first read about the rods in the 1980s. I liked them so much that I used them with all three of my children when they were young and in their early elementary years. They all started out by learning the Cuisenaire poem by heart to identify the numerical value of each rod. The rods were very handy to teach concepts and beginning operations of mathematics. I found them particularly helpful with multiplication and fractions. Oh, we did our share of making sets with dried beans, forks, sea shells, and buttons, but it has been the use of the colorful Cuisenaire Rods that has come to my rescue most conveniently and logically to demonstrate what is on paper in black and white!