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One Hundred Hungry Ants
by Elinor J. Pinczes
One is a Snail
One hundred hungry ants march through the forest rearranging into 4 different formations to make it to the picnic in time to get some food.
Resources for One Hundred Hungry Ants:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)
Will the ants make it in time to the picnic?
Math Connections:
Counting Patterns
Arrays Multiplication
Factors of 100
Activities to Do Together:

Draw a picture of an ant step by step. While making the different parts count how many body parts are in each section. For example, while drawing the three legs count one leg, two legs, and three legs.

Collect a pile of leaves and act out different formations with them.

Take turns drawing 40 ants into a formation. Talk about what factors of 40 you discovered.
Extension Questions:

If there were only 20 ants marching toward the picnic, how many different formations could you make?

What caused the ants to not make it to the picnic in time?

Do you think if they started in 10 lines of 10 rows they would have been faster? Or should they have stayed in the single file line?

How many other animals can you spot in the book that got food from the picnic?
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts
2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 24,25,50, all, any, down, hundred, long, littlest, ninetynine, one, row, some, up, whole