Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 20.8

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 “Butterflies Come Back: Monarchs Migrate” informs children about the monarch butterflies' fall migration from Canada and the northeastern United States to Mexico, and their return in the spring. Have the children read the article. If time allows, you may wish to share the following information with them.

  • Scientists estimate that between 100 million and 170 million monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the northeastern United States to Mexico each fall.
  • Monarch migration is not entirely understood. Some scientists speculate that the climate in Michoacán, Mexico, makes it an ideal place for butterflies to winter. The mountainous area has moist air and cool temperatures, which ensure that the butterflies will not dry out. The weather also keeps the monarchs' metabolism low enough to store fat for the return trip.

The Word Wise activity introduces the meaning of the word “syllable.” Make sure that children can pronounce “syllable.” Children are asked to say the following words to themselves in order to “hear” the syllables. Then they mark the syllable breaks this way.

  1. mon|arch
  2. but|ter|fly
  3. ar|rive
  4. mi|grate
  5. mil|lions

The Data Hunt activity has children practice ordering 3-digit numbers. You may want to remind children that they can compare numbers by comparing hundreds, then tens, and then ones. Check children's answers.


Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 2