Do you ever just have a moment when you think, "Hey, that's a GREAT idea!" It doesn't happen to often, but when it does you just gotta run with it.

Second grade had been reading The Goat in the Rug by Charles Blood & Martin Link. It was one of those weeks were everything needed to be completed at once.

Check List:

- Prepare hallway for parent curriculum walk
- Wrap up literacy unit
- Review for math bench mark test
- Assess for standards based report cards

… You get the idea.

I was settling in to create a review unit for our math bench mark test, when Tomie dePaola's

*came to mind. It was a favorite read aloud from my kindergarten teaching days. A video version was on United Streaming, how convenient! I quickly whipped out some labels and aligned our literacy theme with the math standards. Literally, I spent 45 minutes on planning and prepping. My colleague proofed it and the students dove in! I was so proud of the stamina and tenacity they showed. It never ceases to amaze me how students rise to the occasion when the expectations are high!***Charlie Needs a Cloak**
Common Core Math Standards are listed for each sample. Here we go...

### I Can Statements

2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice using
length units of different lengths for the two measurements: describe how the
two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.

2.MD.B.5 Use addition and
subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given
in the same units, e.g. by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and
equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

**2.MD. 8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?**

**2.MD.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.**

This was a perfect opportunity to make anecdotal notes and engage in meaningful math dialog with students. It rounded out the week nicely.