Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 13.6

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 “Best Friends” is based on the fact that Anatolian Shepherd dogs are used on farms to protect African cheetahs who live in the wild. A program sponsored by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) raises these dogs for placement on farms where they protect cheetahs and other livestock, driven to do so just as they protect members of their own packs.

Point out that cheetahs are often called the "fastest animals." Over a short distance, the top speed of a cheetah is 70 miles an hour. Over a long distance, however, a cheetah's average running speed is about 40 miles an hour.

The Word Wise activity provides children with an opportunity to make up individual sentences or a dialogue between the dog and the cheetah named in the article. To make the writing easier, you may suggest that children use a “reader's theatre” format, identifying the alternating “speakers” by beginning the sentences with their names, like this:

  • Alexa:
  • Sahara:
  • Alexa:
  • Sahara:

The Data Hunt activity provides the children with the top running speeds of four animals that can be kept as pets. Children read the information in the chart and then answer multiple-choice questions. The questions have children subtract to find the differences between the animals' speeds.


Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 2