Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 1.3

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.

The article “Spanish State Names” presents a table with the Spanish derivations of the names of three of the United States. Call on children to read each state name aloud. (If you have Spanish-speaking children, you may wish to have them do the reading.) Discuss the Spanish meaning of each state's name and how the state got its name.

The Word Wise activity explains that the Spanish word for the number sixteen is diez y seis, which literally means ten and six. The activity provides a chart that contains the Spanish words for the numbers 1 through 20. Children use the information in the chart to infer the Spanish words for 21 through 29. Check children's work. The Spanish words for 21 through 29 are:

  • 21 - veinte y uno
  • 22 - veinte y dos
  • 23 - veinte y tres
  • 24 - veinte y quatro
  • 25 - veinte y cinco
  • 26 - veinte y séis
  • 27 - veinte y siete
  • 28 - veinte y ocho
  • 29 - veinte y nueve

For the Data Hunt activity, children are provided with the following table.

States beginning with M Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana
States beginning with F Florida
States beginning with C California, Colorado, Connecticut
States beginning with A Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas

Students use the information in the table to answer multiple-choice questions that have them count and compare the numbers of states that begin with the letters M, F, C, and A.


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