PDL's Number Building Playmats for Cuisenaire® Rods uses Cuisenaire® Rods to allow the child to immerse themselves in play while exploring all the ways to partition a number. These number building play mats explore the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The number 2 rod can only be partitioned two ways. The number 3 is partitioned only four ways and this continues to double with each number (4:8, 5:16, 6:32).
For young students (pre-K thru K), they can explore partitioning the rods without being given the quantitative value of the rod. Color names are all that is necessary. The young students will discern these values through repeating the activity over time. Older students (1st thru 2nd) will see the quantitative value through the experience of using the rods.
This is important activity that allows students to observe the many relationships of numbers like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and many mathematical properties. Plan this activity often using it for large group work, small group work, math centers and individual work.
Included are instructions, a discovery page and 6 vibrant playmats for the student to practice partitioning the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Cuisenaire® Rods is a registered trademark of hand2mind, Inc. and is used with permission from hand2mind, Inc.
*IMPORTANT PRINTING NOTE* Some PDF software default the file to fit page. This changes the size of the activity so when you print, the cuisenaire rods will not fit within the desired area. Please change your settings so that they do not change the size of the page. This setting varies on your software. For Adobe, change the settings to NONE. For others, the setting should be changed to "use actual PDF dimensions for paper size."