Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 3.8

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 “Another Stringed Instrument” activity asks the child to answer questions about the numbers of keys, white and black, on the pictured part of a piano keyboard.

You may share the following information with the children:

  • When you press down on a piano key, a soft hammer inside the piano strikes the strings inside. This makes the strings move very quickly, or vibrate, which sounds a note. When you let go of the key, the string stops vibrating, and so the sound stops.

  • The part of the keyboard pictured is called an octave. The word octave means eight. There are eight white keys in an octave.

  • Piano keys are named for the first seven letters of the alphabet—A, B, C, D, E, F, G—but not exactly in alphabetical order.

    Image showing one complete octave of a piano keyboard with the white keys labelled from left to right: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.

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