Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 6.7

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.

Before having children do the “Pandas: Red, or Black and White?” activity, explain that animals that live “in the wild” are those that live outdoors on their own. Point out that some of these animals are brought to zoos where they can be taken care of and where people can visit in order to learn about them.

The activity requires the child to count the number of countries where the red panda, the giant panda, or both are found in the wild.

Point out that a red panda is about the size of a large house cat (about 2 feet long plus a tail about 1 1/2 feet long). Red pandas look more like raccoons than giant pandas; still, their DNA puts them into the bear family. Because of this, many scientists think that they should be given a zoological family of their own.

Some children may think that giant pandas are “giant size” animals. Point out that most giant pandas stand only about as tall as a human adult (about 5 feet tall).

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