Cuisenaire Rods are brightly colored wooden sticks. Technically, they’re “proportionally sized rectangular parallelepipeds.” (But only say that if you want to hear your 3 year old repeat something really cute!)

The “proportional” thing is important. The white ones are 1cm square, the red ones are twice as long and each color is 1cm more than the next color.

I’m anticipating many articles and videos on how to teach with these (since the possibilities with these things are virtually unlimited), so I thought I would start a running series. Here are the ideas and the links to the articles/videos:

- Cuisenaire Rods – graphing and practicing coordinate pairs (see video below)
- Cuisenaire Rod Art Inspires Thought and Decision – more graphing and thinking like a mathematician
- Cuisenaire Rods Go Pythagorean! – figuring out the coordinates on “tilted” rods on a graph
- Playing with Algebra Concepts
- Adding Fractions with Cuisenaire Rods
- Relations – Greater Than and Less Than
- Algebra – Solving Equations with Beautiful Colors
- Set Theory

### Creating Coordinate Pairs with Pictures

Share your own ideas on how to use Cuisenaire Rods in the comments!

*P.S. I spent my hard earned money on these at Teacher Heaven. This small set was $15 in the store, but I see you can get it for less than $13 online. *

*This is also shared on Works for Me Wednesday.*

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My oldest decided one day that she wanted to play with her practice chopsticks while using her rods. And voila- a new game was created. It’s a fun way of adding in some fine motor skills to your regular math activity. http://www.teachingstars.com/2011/06/02/cuisenaire-rods-chopsticks-even-more-mathematical-fun/

Also, incorporating c-rods into your living math books is a fun way to make your books come alive. http://www.teachingstars.com/2011/11/06/12-ways-to-get-to-11/

I’m a huge fan of c-rods and posted about my relatively new-found love affair with them here. http://www.teachingstars.com/2012/01/07/for-the-love-of-the-rods/