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Fifth graders use Cuisenaire rods in order to discover how to represent fractions with real objects. In this lesson on fractions, 5th graders first examine and learn the colors, lengths, and numerical values of each rod; then, students work with the teacher to write fractions to represent each rod as a relation to the whole. Students break into small groups to write a mathematical story for a given combination of the Cuisenaire rods.

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