Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 8.8

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.

The article “Marvelous Marbles” discusses the ongoing controversy between Great Britain and Greece over the so-called “Elgin Marbles.”

In the early 1800s, Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, cut some statues and friezes off the Parthenon and brought them back to England. The Earl's intent was to protect the works from ruin due to erosion and fire. Soon after, the British bought the Marbles and housed them in the British Museum.

An English group, “Marbles Reunited,” has called for the return of the marbles to Greece. The Marbles would then be displayed in a new Greek museum in Athens.

Point out that the Parthenon is the building in the photograph on page 227 in the student book. Draw students' attention to it, especially to the eight columns across the front.

The Word Wise activity encourages students to listen carefully to words as they say them aloud in order to identify letters that seem not to be sounded. Students are likely to say that they do not hear the final e in statue, temple, and marble and that they do not hear the n in column.

The Data Hunt activity has students draw an array of statues. They should draw a total of six rows of eight statues each, or 48 statues.

Students are asked how they can use the array to find the total number of statues without adding. Be sure to check that students understand they can multiply the number of rows (six) by the number of columns (eight) to determine the total number of statues (48).

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