Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Unit 1

The Weekly Reader Connections feature on Kids' Place Houghton Mifflin Math provides children with additional information about the topics that appear in the Curriculum Connection feature in their student books.

Have children read the article “Favorite Dinosaurs” on their own and then complete the Word Wise activity, if time allows. Check children's glossaries to be sure they use each of the words correctly.

The Data Hunt activity asks children to use information from a graph to answer multiple choice questions. You may have children work in pairs to answer questions.

If time allows, you may share the following information about dinosaurs with children.

  • Allosaurus(AL-o-SOR-us) was a large, meat-eating dinosaur that walked on two legs. Its name means “different lizard.“ It was called this because its backbone was different from other dinosaurs'.
  • Velociraptor's (Vu-LOSS-uh-rap-tur) name means "swift robber." This meat-eating dinosaur was only about 2 feet high, and weighed 60 pounds. The velociraptor was one of the smartest dinosaurs.
  • Triceratops (Tri-SER-a-tops) lived in North America. The name Triceratops means “Three-Horned face,“ which describes the triceratops very well. The triceratops was a plant-eater and traveled in groups.
  • Brachiosaurus (BRAK-ee-oh-SOR-us) was one of the largest dinosaurs. Until recently, scientists thought it was the largest. Brachiosauruses grew to a height of about 40 feet, and weighed more than 12 elephants.
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex (Te-RAN-noh-SOR-us Reks) was a huge meat-eating dinosaur. It was capable of moving at very fast speeds (about 35 miles per hour). The T-Rex had a very strong jaw and the biggest teeth of any dinosaur.

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