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.
This product is included in the PDL's Interactive Math Notebook for Cuisenaire Rods
Want to see Cuisenaire Rod Lessons in action? Watch these videos:
Introducing Subtraction with Cuisenaire RodsIntroducing Subtraction thru Storytelling with Cuisenaire RodsHow to Build Number Fluency using Cuisenaire RodsCuisenaire Rod Game for Teaching Fractions, Factoring and MoreHow to Teach FractionsExploring Fractions with Cuisenaire RodsExploring Fractions of SquaresExploring Fractions of Cubes
Want to learn more simple and relaxing ways to teach using Cuisenaire rods? Check out my blog posts:
How to Build Number Sense thru StaircasesTeaching Subtraction with Cuisenaire Rod Activity3 Popular Manipulatives that Fail to Build Number Sense3 Relaxing Activities for Teaching Fractions
Check out these other activities:
-PDL's Number Building Play Mats for Cuisenaire® Rods
-PDL's Number Building Staircases for Cuisenaire® Rods
(10 activities and 40 student task cards)
-PDL's Search and Find for Cuisenaire® Rods
-PDL's Odd and Even Exploration for Cuisenaire® Rods
(13 activities and 52 student task cards)
-PDL's Fraction Exploration for Cuisenaire® Rods
(20 activities and 80 student task cards)
-PDL's Building Equation Paths for Cuisenaire® Rods
(12 activities and (48 student task cards)
-PDL's Subtraction Lock and Key Exploration
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."