**Square Sardine Packing**

##### (MathPickle, 2017)

Students try to deduce the rules governing the packing of big squares by little squares.

Math class is where students should first be exposed to the Scientific Method as they try to uncover the truth of some “Mathematical Mini Universe” like this. As complex as the square packing might look at the start it is a lot simpler and less messy than the real world! The scientific Method should be taught by getting kids mucky in the real world in tandem with the nice crisp Mathematical Mini Universes.

**Standards for ****Mathematical Practice**

MathPickle puzzle and game designs engage a wide spectrum of student abilities while targeting the following Standards for Mathematical Practice:

##### MP1 Toughen up!

This is problem solving where our students develop grit and resiliency in the face of nasty, thorny problems. It is the most sought after skill for our students.

##### MP3 Work together!

This is collaborative problem solving in which students discuss their strategies to solve a problem and identify missteps in a failed solution. MathPickle recommends pairing up students for all its puzzles.

##### MP6 Be precise!

This is where our students learn to communicate using precise terminology. MathPickle encourages students not only to use the precise terms of others, but to invent and rigorously define their own terms.

##### MP7 Be observant!

One of the things that the human brain does very well is identify pattern. We sometimes do this too well and identify patterns that don't really exist.