Ramrod uses Cuisenaire rods and a gameboard that connects rectangles of different metric lengths for students to actively investigate addition, subtraction, measurement, estimation, spatial reasoning, and inductive and deductive thought.
The game of Ramrod combines the ability to know all facts for each number family with strategic thinking. Cuisenaire rods and a gameboard that connects rectangular (sum) boxes composed of different metric lengths provide the setting for students’ active investigation of addition and subtraction, measurement, estimation, spatial reasoning, and inductive and deductive thought. In this game students must plan ahead to construct “RAMROD” (addend) combinations of two rods that complete a rectangular (sum) box length in the playing area of the gameboard. Such (addend) combinations result in captures that relate to the game goal of being the first to complete their 24 cm rectangular region of the gameboard. The ability to associate each of the colored rods with their corresponding number value facilitates students’ skill to mentally compute all of the facts for each number family represented on the gameboard. UNDERLYING MATHEMATICS/SCIENCE computational reasoning involving addition, subtraction (missing addend), complements, algebra, equality, inequality, metric measurement; logical/scientific reasoning involving observation skills, hypothesizing and experimentation, deductive and inductive reasoning, combinatorics; spatial/geometric reasoning involving directionality, topology, networks, structural analysis of shape, congruence, area; and active problem solving
|Dimensions||17.5 × 12 × 3 in|