Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 2.5

The Weekly Reader Connections feature on Kids' Place Houghton Mifflin Math provides your students with additional information about the topics that appear in the Curriculum Connection feature in their student books.

Some students in your class may attend a Saturday or Sunday school run by ethnic or religious groups. You may wish to ask students who attend such schools to briefly tell something about them.

The article “Saturday School” tells students about an established Chinese School that serves the students, pre-Kindergarten through high school, of the San Jose Unified School District in San Jose, California.

Parents of Chinese background started the school so that their students could learn to read and write Chinese and to gain appreciation of Chinese history and culture.

Make sure that students understand the meaning of “alphabetical order.” Then, let them complete the Word Wise activity. It asks students to alphabetize words, some of which begin with the same letter, by comparing the second letters.

  • abacus
  • adult
  • attend
  • chess
  • Chinese
  • culture

The Data Hunt activity challenges students to answer questions based on a bar graph. The subjects listed in the graph are actual subjects taught in the San Jose Chinese School, although the given numbers are fictitious.

To help students interpret the graph, explain that “subjects” are types of classes. Some students may be familiar with the martial art called Tai-chi. You may wish to point out that in the Abacus 1 class one would learn the basics of abacus use. Anyone who has completed Abacus 1 and who wants to do more work with the abacus could then take Abacus 2.


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