`Working with Cuisenaire Rods In MathematicsWillis Grace                   O. A. Thorp Academy                               6024 W. Warwick Ave.                               Chicago IL 60634                               312-534-3640Objective:Fourth Grade students will learn the numerical value of each underlined letter of the standard Rod Code and develop systematic usage for building new units.  Materials Needed:     A set of Cuisenaire Rods for each student or groups of two     Construction Paper     Scissors     Transparencies     Overhead ProjectorStrategy:In order to effectively develop good skills for working with common denominators, students must first strengthen and reinforce their basic skills.  These basic skills encompass such concepts as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers which form a foundation for fractions.  The materials used reinforce concepts further by providing students with concrete examples of the skills that they practice.                Performance Assessment:     a. Given Cuisenaire Rods, introduced to strategies, and ample                performance time, students will utilize the activity card, "Finding         One."       b. The students will answer 5 out of 7 questions correctly while         playing "Finding One."     c. The students will demonstrate whole fractions (reduced) using        Cuisenaire Rods.     d. The students will demonstrate equivalent fractions using Cuisenaire         Rods.      e. The students will discuss length, color, and shape of Cuisenaire Rods.Multicultural Aspects:     Cuisenaire Rods were discovered in Thuin, Belgium over forty years ago by George Cuisenaire and are now recognized as a basic learning tool all over the world.`