Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 3.4

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 “Bird Zzzzzongs“ presents children with information about a recent scientific study of birds. Scientists recently discovered that birds dream about singing while they sleep.

After children read the article, have them do the Word Wise activity. The activity has children write a story or poem using each of the vocabulary words listed. You may have children read some of their stories and poems aloud.

The Data Hunt activity presents children with the following questions, which they are to write down and answer on their own.

5 zebra finches, 2 of them singing

There are 5 zebra finches. Two of the birds are singing. Write the following questions on a piece of paper. Write the answers next to the questions.

  • How many zebra finches are there?   5

  • How many of the zebra finches are singing?   2

  • How many of the zebra finches are not singing?   3

  • Write this as a math sentence.   5 - 2 = 3

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 2