## 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.- 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** - 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** - 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** - 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**