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Cuisenaire Rods: a few uses


For representing strong & weak syllables - give an example & then pairs work out pattern for a given nursery rhyme:

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water

Jack fell down and broke his crown

And Jill came tumbling after

For more nursey rhymes with
cuisenaire rod representation


To highlight word stress:

speaker          television         relation



For dictations - a simple face could be used as the basis of a teacher to students dictation - review of a lexical set. The teacher describes & the students form the face with the rods & compare with the teacher's version after - then they do the same in pairs:




For graphs:




For telling the time:



To represent time - timelines:


  past                          now                      future



To introduce & practise comparatives & superlatives:



For scene setting or narratives - below could represent a street scene with shops - elicit & the rods can represent anything!:





For representing form:

I         do        not               play               tennis       



Using cuisenaire rods with rhythm

To Tim Hahn's article 'Cuisenaire Rods & Silence'

To a lesson plan that incorporates the rods

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