Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 9.9

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 “What's a Cinquain?” tells about a type of poem called a cinquain. A cinquain is a simple, five-line poem that follows the following rules:

Line 1 one word Topic of the poem
Line 2 two words Describing words that tell about the word in line one
Line 3 three words Action words that tell about the word in line one
Line 4 four words Feelings or a sentence about the word in line one
Line 5 one word A word that sums up the poem or means the same thing as the word in line one

The Word Wise activity has students work with a partner to write down as many action words (verbs) and describing words (adjectives) as they can think of in 1 minute. To do this activity, students will need a stopwatch or a watch or clock with a second hand. Students time each other as they write down a list of each type of word.

The Data Hunt activity has students write their own cinquain about a math topic. You may want to help students to choose a math topic, or have them look through their textbooks to choose a topic that interests them.

Students then answer questions about cinquains that require them to multiply. Students should write a multiplication sentence to solve each of the problems below.
  1. Three classmates each wrote a cinquain. What is the total number of describing words in all three poems? Write a math sentence to solve.
    Answer: 3 x 2 = 6
  2. Seven classmates each wrote a cinquain. What is the total number of action words in all seven poems? Write a math sentence to solve.
    Answer: 7 x 3 = 21
  3. Six classmates each wrote a cinquain. What is the total number of action words in all six poems? Write a math sentence to solve.
    Answer: 6 x 3 = 18
  4. Nine classmates each wrote a cinquain. What is the total number of describing words in each poem? Write a math sentence to solve.
    Answer: 9 x 2 = 18
Students then write a similar word problem to challenge a classmate.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 3