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How to make a Rekenrek



Last week at my conference I shared the rekenrek my husband made me and I promised to post directions.  I gave the ones he made me away as door prizes and I forgot to take a picture.  
Thankfully someone else took a picture at the conference.
There are many different versions of rekenreks that you can make.
My friend, Kim Adsit has this version that I really like but I wanted something a little taller with wider legs, so I had my husband change things up a little bit.

These are really easy to make and inexpensive!  It cost about $12.00 to make.

List of materials:
Two different colored pool noodles
2-  10" pieces of  1/2"" pvc pipe 
2 elbows
4 T joints
4 end covers

To assemble:
Cut your pipe in the sizes listed above.
Measure and cut your pool noodles.
I made mine using 1 1/2" cuts
you will need 10 of each color
NOTE: 2 pool noodles will make 3 rekenreks


If you're wondering what in the heck a rekenrek is you can download this great resource for FREE HERE!  It has tons of activities that you can use with your rekenrek.  

Enjoy the rest of your week!






4 comments:

  1. We use Bridges 2nd Edition by Math Learning Center as our math program. Our kit came with a beautiful large wooden Number Rack (Bridges name for a Rekenrek) We also have enough materials to make each student their own one to use. We just started using ours this week in my kindergarten class.

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  2. I love this! I totally would have made this last year, because I really needed one!

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  3. THANK YOU for posting this! My district bought each 1st grade classroom 6 little rekenreks and none of us knew how to teach with this tool. I had never heard of it, but I put it out with our math tools to see if any of the kids would pick it up to use it. No one did; not even to play with it! When you posted this, I was ecstatic! I even asked my husband to make the LARGE rekenrek for me to model on. I printed out the article you posted and I am going ALL out this week! :) Thank you so much--your timing was PERFECT!
    emma

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  4. Yes! Most times the DIY classroom tools are the ones most used by students! Thank you for sharing the directions and free resource!
    ~Shelly Anton
    Promoting Success Blog

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