My daughter enjoys working with Cuisenaire Rods because she likes a challenge and discovering multiplication and other math principles on her own. I often begin a lesson with a simple example such as using two red rods to create a square. Then I ask my daughter if she could build any more squares. She finds the method very motivating.
Here are some ways we recently used Cuisenaire Rods for multiplication.
After presenting the simple example above, I asked my daughter if she could create any more equivalent rectangles.
2 x 6 = 6 x 2 = 12
5 x 10 = 10 x 5 = 50
Next, instead of creating rectangles, we created squares.
These squares represent square numbers.
1 x 1 = 1
2 x 2 = 4
3 x 3 = 9
4 x 4 = 16
After discovering square numbers, the equations were rewritten with square symbols.
12 = 1
22 = 4
32 = 9
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