The book, The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, is a great tool to use for a math and writing activity. It is an entertaining story about a student who finds a math problem in everything she does at home and school. After I read the story to my class, they complete a log that contains all of the math problems the main character has to solve during her day. Next our class writes their own version of The Math Curse. Students choose a partner and each pair selects a period of the day on which to write. They use their imagination to create a math story problem that the character of the book encounters during their selected portion of the day. After they proofread and illustrate their problems, they are bound together as a class book. Each pair of students present their story problem to the class and their classmates try to solve the problem. Later the book is displayed at the Young Author's Tea.