Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Unit 4

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

The Unit 4: Science Connection activity asks the child to answer questions based on information in a chart. The chart shows the speed at which four different animals can run. Children are also given the speed at which a human can run, and asked to compare the speeds.

The chart shows the speed of a cheetah, cat, squirrel, and dog. If time allows, you may share the following information about these animals with students.

  • Cheetahs are found in Africa, Southwest Asia, and India. They are the fastest four-legged animal in the world. Cheetahs have black spots on their fur.
  • Cats have been kept as pets since prehistoric times. The domestic cat is a distant relative of cheetahs, lions, and tigers.
  • Squirrels are found all over the world, except in Australia, Madagascar, and the North and South Polar Regions. They are members of the rodent family, which includes mice, chipmunks, and prairie dogs.
  • Dogs were probably the first animals to be kept by humans. Dogs are often kept as pets, but also work as guides, herd sheep, and hunt game.

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