The activity in this free math tutoring video is good for developing mental math skills. Once the problems get bigger, children will be able to easily adapt this to larger numbers and add more quickly in their heads. Using the Cuisenaire Rods provides both a visual and tactile way to manipulate numbers instead of only relying on symbols. Young children, and children with dyslexia or dyscalculia often have difficulty fully understanding abstract symbols. Cuisenaire Rods help bridge the gap for them so that they can understand complex math concepts in spite of their learning difficulties.
I got the idea in this free math tutoring video from Let’sPlayMath, though we changed it just a bit and didn’t use the 10 card. This game could be played alone, too. A great way to practice those number bonds of 10 which are SO important to doing mental math!
The game idea in this free math tutoring video comes from the RightStart math curriculum. It is basically the same as Go Fish, but the number pairs must equal 10. So, 1 and 9, 2 and 8, 3 and 7, 4 and 6, and 5 and 5 are all the pairs that can be put together. Children who don’t yet have their number bonds (facts) to 10 memorized can use Cuisenaire Rods to help them figure out which number to ask for.
Take the Face cards and 10s out of a regular deck of cards to get started. The game can also be done with numbers other than 10. Just take out of the deck all numbers larger than your target number.