Recommended Products

Wondering what products, books, and materials we recommend? Effective math instruction uses dot patterns to strengthen subitizing, along with efficient tools like Cuisenaire rods, base 10 blocks, and a number balance to provide visual and concrete representations of math concepts. Check out our recommendations below!

Playing Cards

Playing Cards are the ultimate tool for developing number sense while playing games! This standard 54-card deck features the ideal pip arrangements that strengthen our ability to subitize. Since there are no numerals, students will need to practice subitizing instead. Diamonds and spades feature the 5-group patterns from the dot cards, while hearts and clubs have dice and domino arrangements. Use these just like a regular deck of cards and play games like Go Fish, Go Make 10, Number War, Addition War, Integers War, and more!

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Dot Cards: 5-groups

Dot Cards feature dots arranged into 5-groups, with the numbers 6-10 building off the arrangements learned for 1-5. This is a powerful visual for developing number sense that connects to finger representations and allows students to combine 5-groups together when adding, supporting decomposition and recomposition and the all-important strategy of making 10. Combine 2 sets and use them to teach doubles, as well as building and doubling teen numbers!

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Cuisenaire Rods

Cuisenaire rods are excellent for modeling addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, place value, distributive property, fractions, equations, length, area, volume, and more. The color and length of each rod varies, with the number corresponding to its length in centimeters. Cuisenaire rods help students think of numbers as “chunks” of different sizes, rather than individual items to be counted. This supports students to move from a discrete understanding of number as individual dots to a more continuous understanding of number as length.

Magnetic Cuisenaire Rods

Magnetic Cuisenaire Rods facilitate teaching with Cuisenaire rods by providing magnetic strips that teachers can use at the white board to represent each rod. Use magnetic Cuisenaire rods for modeling addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, place value, distributive property, fractions, equations, length, area, and more.

Number Balance

A Number Balance, or Math Balance, is an excellent way to teach the concept of equality – that in order to balance, what is on one side of the equal sign has to be the same or equal to what is on the other side. Students are naturally drawn to want to balance the scale, and the complexity of equations can be differentiated for each student. Teach single- or multi-step addition, subtraction, multiplication or division, as well as order of operations, solving equations, and more.

Books & Materials

Here are some other books and materials we recommend to further your learning and support your instruction.