The INTOOBA Construction Kit is a very valuable classroom tool as it caters both to measurement, and the concept of value.
Measurement is important as it gives students an idea of how long, big, or wide something is. When we learn to measure something small such as a desk or a room, we establish a way to relate one object to another. For example, a desk is smaller than a room. If we are able to measure the length and width of a room, we can eventually move on to measuring the length of a road or the size of a lake.
Using the INTOOBA Construction Kit, students can measure a classroom, a hallway, or the whole school! Students can learn about scale, and make a scale drawing of the classroom.
Here is a second grade use for the INTOOBA Construction Kit where students have to figure out how many rods of varying lengths fit into the desired inch totals.
When we want to teach cost, money, or resource constraints, we can establish the concept of value by assigning a dollar value to the different color rods and connectors. Let students know they are building a bridge, and let them construct and tally the total cost of the bridge.