Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 12.5

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.

The article “VERB Is the Word” informs students about the government-sponsored program geared to promote physical activity in “tweens,” children ages 9-13. “VERB: It's what you do” is name of the 5-year campaign launched in October 2002 in an attempt to address the problem of increasing weight gain of the nation's children.

In the first year of the campaign there was a 34% increase in weekly free-time physical activity sessions among 8.6 million American children ages 9-10.

The Word Wise activity presents an informal introduction to the differences between the present and past tenses. Students are challenged to write the past-tense forms of some words that appear in the article by adding either -ed or -d. The resulting words are as follows:

  • inspired
  • volunteered
  • celebrated
  • leaped (also leapt)
  • passed
  • played
  • moved
  • excited
  • exercised
  • dribbled
The Data Hunt activity allows the students to have fun pretending that they have been born on a fictitious “leap day” during a leap year.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 3