Learning With Cuisenaire Rods Author:Cuisenaire Manipulatives provide a concrete way to help students understand mathematical concepts. They relate abstract ideas about numbers and shapes to something students can see and touch. Because of this, they make mathematical ideas easier to internalize, and frequently allow students to solve problems they might not otherwise be able to solve. — Thi... more »s guide is not intended to be comprehensive with regard to what can be done with this matieral. Rather, it is meant to give the flavor of what might occur in the classroom. The activities, described in detail, have proven successful in presenting and developing mathematical concepts at various grade levels. The information included suggests ways both to deal with classroom organization and to introduce, explore, and summarize the mathematics involved.
The activities have been chosen not only because of their potential for developing mathematical concepts, but because they provide students the opportunity to think and reason. We believe they exemplify the approach advocated in the "Curriculum and Evaluation Standard for School Mathematics" published in 1989 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.« less