Everyone inMs. Smith’s math class buzzed with excitement, including Caleb. February break was starting tomorrow. They were going to be off for the next week and a half!
“I can’t wait,” Hiro said. He stretched his arms behind his head and sighed. “I hope Ms. Smith doesn’t make us do anything too hard today.”
“Speak for yourself,” Caleb grinned. “You know my favorite thing is a math challenge.”
“Good afternoon, class!”
Ms. Smith called. “I know you’re all anxious to start your vacation. So I thought we’d do something fun today.”
“Yes!” Hiro quietly cheered.
“I believe you’ve all enjoyed taking care of Dorothy for the past month?” Ms. Smith asked. The whole class nodded in agreement.
Dorothy was the new class hamster. The students named her after Ms. Smith’s favorite mathematician, Dorothy Johnson Vaughan. Her cage sat on a cabinet, which held all her supplies.
“Well, I’ve found a pet sitter who can care for her all 12 days of the break. I want him to have everything he’ll need during that time. So you’re going to help me plan my trip to the pet store.”
Ms. Smith drew four columns on the board. She labeled them Food, Treats, Bedding, and Chew Toys.