Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 6.6

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 “Junior Musher“ designed to introduce children to sled-dog racing, focuses on the achievement of teenager Tessa King. Tessa's dad, Jeff King, is a three-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled-Dog Race. To compete in the races, mushers come from all over Alaska, from other states, and from other countries. The dog teams are usually made up of Alaskan Huskies, Siberian Huskies, and mixtures of these and other breeds.

The 160-mile Junior Iditarod Trail Race is held each year on the weekend immediately preceding the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled-Dog Race. The 1st-place prize in the Junior Race is a $4,000 college scholarship.

The word “trophy” that appears in the article is the focus of the Word Wise activity. Children become aware of the four possible spellings of the f sound in English: f, ff, gh, and ph.

Allow children to complete the Data Hunt activity. Then explain that while the teenage mushers in the Junior Iditarod Trail Race run 10-dog teams, the adult mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled-Dog Race run 16-dog teams.

Tell children that the ten dogs that helped Tessa win the Junior Yukon Quest were some of the same ones that her dad planned to use on his team in the next Iditarod. Suggest that children “add 6 dogs” to their teams of 10 by creating another 6 dog names for a complete 16-dog team!

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