Building staircases with Cuisenaire® Rods provides young students an opportunity for an empirical study of mathematics. The knowledge gained at the most basic level is the number of steps in a given staircase, the difference between consecutive steps, and identifying what rod is the first and last step. Student task cards have been added to expand exploration into addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions.
Group work provides more opportunity for comparison of staircases allowing for exploration in measurement, quantity of rods and kinds of rods used. Comparing odd and even staircases can be done through superimposing red rods as the last activity demonstrates.
Staircase building is a foundational exercise in Caleb Gattegno's method of teaching mathematics through Cuisenaire® Rods. It will prepare the students for deeper concepts such as fractions, multiplication and division.
Included is one page of instruction, 10 staircase building activities, 40 student task cards and a discovery page for students to record observations.
Cuisenaire® Rods is a registered trademark of hand2mind, Inc. and is used with permission from hand2mind, Inc.
*Cuisenaire® Rods not included.
*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."