I’ve said it before… Cuisenaire rods **rock**. I was first introduced to Cuisenaire rods in 2006 by my dear friend and mentor John Van de Walle. In February of that year I was invited to join him in Spokane, Washington and to observe as he did demonstration lessons in primary and intermediate classrooms. His problem-based lessons featured Cuisenaire rods, and while I watched the students responding to the openness of the tasks and the richness of the manipulatives I knew I was witnessing something powerful. The proportional relationships between the pieces and the colour wheel connections make Cuisenaire rods both aesthetically pleasing and mathematically significant. I was hooked. It took some time and experimentation to figure out how to best introduce the materials and to sort out what tasks and questions would promote thinking across the grades. But in the end, I’ve managed to compile a **series of open-ended tasks, games, lessons and practice opportunities** that are developmentally sequenced and laid out from Kindergarten to grade 7. I’ve compiled these lessons in **2 full-colour volumes – a primary resource (grades K-3) and an intermediate resource (grades 4-7)**. All of the tasks have been tested and refined to ensure they are classroom-ready and engaging for all! So it is with great humility (and no small sense of accomplishment!) that I announce the release of my latest resources – * Remarkable Cuisenaire Rods: Mathematical Tasks for Primary Classrooms* and

*. These resources would not exist if it weren’t for the mentorship of John Van de Walle. He shaped my mathematical practice more than he knew in his all-too-short lifetime. And so I dedicate my student-centered and pedagogically grounded efforts to his memory. I hope you will enjoy the tasks and games, the investigations and the open-ended problems posed in these resources. They are intended to promote big thinking in elementary –*

**Cuisenaire Rods Rock: Exploring Multiplication and Proportionality in Grades 4-7****from addition and subtraction to skip counting and multiplication, from fractions to division and more…**

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**full colour primary resource,**is intended for Kindergarten through Grade 3 can be ordered by clicking here or on the image on the left. The resource is $40 plus shipping. Click on the link below to preview lesson titles and the intended grade levels for the tasks. Cuisenaire Rod Resource K-3 Table of Contents

*Remarkable Cuisenaire Rods: Mathematical Tasks for Primary Classrooms***The**

**full colour intermediate resource,**is designed for intermediate students and can be ordered by clicking here or on the image at the right. This resource is $50 plus shipping. Click on the link below to preview lesson titles and the intended grade levels for the tasks. Cuisenaire Rod Resource 4-7 Table of Contents As always, thank you for your support! Carole

*Cuisenaire Rods Rock! Exploring Multiplication and Proportionality in Grades 4-7*
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