Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 7.5

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 “Don't Look Up!” tells students about an unfortunate occurrence in which a particularly heavy honeybee-breeding season covered a region with a disturbing amount of bee waste.

The Word Wise activity uses the vocabulary word “community” to give students the chance to investigate nuances of words in order to find best-fit synonyms.

  1. The U.S. is the      nation      with the greatest population in North America.
  2. A penguin      colony      can be made up of hundreds or thousands of penguins.
  3. Texas is one      state      that shares a border with Mexico.
  4. I wish that my brother wouldn't put his things on my      turf     .
  5. The flowers in front of the houses make this the nicest      neighborhood      in town.

The Data Hunt activity alerts students to the imminent threat of the “killer” bees that are increasing in great numbers as they move northward through South America, Central America, and Mexico into our southern states.

If time allows, encourage students to research the characteristics of both domestic and killer bees. You may wish to tell students that when the honeybees were brought from Africa, some of the queen bees escaped. They bred with the other bees. This created the new Africanized bee, sometimes called the “killer bee.” People must be careful where they walk outdoors because killer bees don't live only in hives. They will build their nests anywhere, like in old shoes or tires or tree cavities.

Students multiply by one- and two-digit numbers to answer these questions.

  1. How many pounds of honey could the beekeeper expect to harvest from each of his Africanized hives?
    Answer: 5 x 47 = 235 pounds
  2. Suppose the beekeeper had 32 South-American hives. How many pounds of honey can he expect to harvest from these?
    Answer: 32 x 47 = 1,504 pounds
  3. Suppose the beekeeper had 8 Africanized hives. How many pounds of honey can he expect to harvest from the killer bee hives?
    Answer: 8 x 235 = 1,880 pounds

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 4