One Hundred Hungry Ants and Math Activity by Elinor J Pinczes

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One Hundred Hungry Ants is a smart little story for children ages 4-8.

One Hundred Hungry Ants is a smart little story for children ages 4-8.

The adorable illustrations by Bonnie Mackain and the rhyming text makes this cute story about division so much fun!

My kindergartner loved this story and wants to read it over and over!

One hundred hungry ants head off to a picnic, but the littlest ant fears that they are moving too slow!

He tries several times to get the ants to line up in rows to get to the picnic before all the food is gone.

By using division, the ants divide up in groups of 50, then 25, then 20 and so on.

Will they make it to the picnic in time? 

Check out this cute little story here

After you have read One Hundred Hungry Ants with your class, you can have your students play this fun activity!

Give your students flash cards that correspond to the values and numbers you are working on. 

For example, if you are working on ones, give the students flashcards 1-10.

Pick up the #6 card and say, "Oh no! This ant's full value is 10, can you help it find it's other part?" The student would then find the 4 flash card.

Have students repeat this activity several times to practice the numbers 1-10.

If your class is working on tens, have ten flash cards from 10-100. Or if you are working on fives, you could have cards ranging from 5-50.

If you do not have number flash cards, you can print some simple ones out for free here

For older students, give them 1-100 flash cards and ask them to show you how many different ways one hundred can be separated. 

Have you used One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczer in your classroom? We would love to hear what activities you did with your math class!