The Ants Go Marching Problem

posted Apr 25, 2017, 6:34 PM by Patrick Johnson
Today students worked on a problem inspired by the children's song: The Ants Go Marching.

First students listened to and sang the song (the song is part of our primary musical, so students are very familiar with it). As students sang the song, they acted it out. First we had 1 student marching (1 by 1). Next we had 4 students marching (2 by 2). Finally we had 9 students marching (3 by 3).

Finally, students were introduced to the problem below. In partners, they worked enthusiastically to solve the problem.

The problem presented to the students:

I loved the variety of strategies students used to solve this problem!