In the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts students are building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction. In the math standards, students are developing a deeper understanding of concepts. Using literature with math content can deepen students understanding. In Carl Sandburg's poem, Arithmetic, he creates a whimsical description of arithmetic using a list style poetry. In this packet there are vocabulary words, thin and thick questions, and activities especially suitable for the beginning of the school year in math.