Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 13.3

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 “The Never-Ending E-Mail Lesson” suggests the importance of being very specific about what to write, and not write, in e-mail. John and his class heard from people all around the world, so they learned how far their e-mails had traveled. However, by not giving an end date for the responses, they continued receiving responses long after their project was completed.

Children may be amused to learn that letters sent through the U.S. Postal Service may be referred to as “snail mail.” Discuss why the mail that a letter carrier delivers can be called snail mail.

For the Word Wise activity, children work in pairs to write their exact location. Children are asked to fill in their current location for as many of the following words as they know.

  • Planet
  • Continent
  • Country
  • State
  • County
  • City
  • Street

If time allows, you may go over this list with the entire class. Emphasize that as children move down the list, the locations become smaller.

The Data Hunt activity has children practice 2-digit subtraction by using information provided in a table to answer multiple-choice questions. Students may work with a pencil and paper to write out subtraction problems.


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