Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Unit 3

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 Unit 3: Social Studies Connection activity asks the child to identify national flags based on descriptions of the shapes in the flags. Children need to be able to identify triangles, circles, and rectangles, and to be familiar with colors.

The four flags shown represent the nations of Finland, Japan, India, and Jamaica. If time allows, you may point out each nation on a world map, and share the following information with students.

  • Finland is in northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Its capital is Helsinki. The people of Finland speak Finnish and Swedish.
  • Japan is also known as Nihon or Nippon. It is located off the coast of East Asia, and is made up of four main islands, and several smaller islands. The capital of Japan is Tokyo.
  • India is located in South Asia. Its capital is New Delhi. In northern India are the Himalayas, a mountain range made up of very tall mountains.
  • Jamaica is located in the West Indies, south of Cuba. Jamaica is an island nation. Its capital is Kingston.

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