A few years ago my sister gave me some colored foam pieces and I didn't have a clue as to what to do with them. They sat in my cabinet until this week. I was working on measurement with my kids. We spent time measuring everything in the room as I walked around with my clipboard doing informal common assessments. Then all of a sudden I decided my next move (no, it wasn't written in my lesson plans but I believe it is a sign of a good teacher--you know those impromptu things you do). I got the foam pieces out and told everyone we were going to be designing a frame with a picture. Every piece of foam we used, the students measured and wrote it down. We used words such as length and width and color words. So I wanted to share with you the fun we had.