What Do I Do With These Cuisenaire Rods?

Cuisenaire rods are one of the mystery manipulatives.  Often people ask me “What do I do with them?”  Cuisenaire rods are a versatile collection of rectangular rods of ten colours, each colour corresponding to a different length.  They can be used to develop a wide variety of mathematical ideas at many different levels of complexity.  In working with the rods, children have a context in which to develop their communication skills.  Explore and enjoy the power of cuisenaire rods with your students!

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