Willy eagerly played an elephant stacking game with his teacher. Each
time he rolled the dice, he counted the dots and then stacked an
equivalent number of small blocks on the back of a plastic elephant.
As the stack grew higher and higher, a crowd of spectators collected
around the math table. Whenever the teacher or Willy rolled the dice,
the watchful children squealed with delight as they too computed
how many more blocks the players must attempt to balance on the
elephant’s back. The stack of blocks began to sway and teeter. Sud-
denly, as Willy placed one more block on the elephant’s back, the
entire tower crashed onto the table. Willy and all of his friends roared
with laughter. Then everyone began to collect the blocks and return
them to their basket so that another game could begin.