Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 1.7

The Weekly Reader Connections feature on Kids' Place Houghton Mifflin Math provides children with additional practice with the skills taught in the Curriculum Connection feature in their student books.

The “Mancala” activity tells children that the African game Mancala is played by moving stones around a gameboard. Often said to be the oldest game in the world, it is known by many different names all over Africa. Children may like to hear that some other names for Mancala are “ayo, bao, awari,” and “omwesco.”

The activity prompts children to choose the mancala pit that holds the greatest or the least number of stones (less or greater).

You may wish to to have your class use egg cartons to make Mancala gameboards of their own.


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