**Working with Cuisenaire Rods In Mathematics**

Willis Grace O. A. Thorp Academy

6024 W. Warwick Ave.

Chicago IL 60634

312-534-3640

**Objective**:

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 Projector

**Strategy**:

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.

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