Ten rods identical with the Red Rods in length, but divided into red and blue sections. The shortest rod is red. The second is twice the size of the first; one half is painted red and the other half is blue. The third rd is three times the size of the first and is divided into three sections; the first painted red, the second is blue, and the third red. All the other rods are divided in a similar fashion, alternating red and blue, the first section always being red. The number of sections represent the numbers of the rod.
A floor mat
- Carry and assemble the rod as you would with the Red Rods.
- Do the Three Period Lesson to teach the names, be sure to count the red rods each time.
- Continue through the activities as the child is ready. You must be sure the child understands the quantities before moving on from the naming.
- Some children will be able to do this work in one sitting.
- Be sure to review previous names before moving on to new ones.
- Continue through the series on consecutive days.
Stage A: Naming and Counting
- Invite the child to come and work with you. Bring the child over to the Red Rods and discuss with the child how he knows how to use them.
- Tell the child that we have other set of rods that are almost like the Red Rods.
- Show the child the Number Rods and tell the child that they are almost like the Red Rods except for they are red and blue.
- Have the child bring over two mats. Unroll one horizontally and the other vertically. (See diagram)
- Have the child bring over each number rod and place them randomly onto the vertical mat.
- Sit in front of the horizontal mat.
- Ask the child to build the rods as he would with the Red Rods on the horizontal mat.
- Point out that we will always start with the red section to the left.
- Isolate the first three rods.
- Point to rod 1. Say, This is one.Count.
- Point to the blue on rod 2. Say, This is two.Then count.
- Point to the red on rid 3. Say This is three.Then count.
- Repeat this a few times. (This is the 1st Period of the Three Period Lesson.)
- Move the rods so they are on the same horizontal line. Do the 2nd Period of the Three Period Lesson.
- Do the 3rd Period of the Three Period Lesson.
- Ask the child to replace the three rods back with the others.
- Take out rods 4, 5, and 6.
- Count each section of rod 4
- Repeat as you did with the first three rods.
- Repeat for rod 7, 8, and 9.
- Then repeat with rods 8, 9, and 10.
- Depending on the child, this may be taught over a few days