Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 9.3

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 “Children $ave for the Future” focuses on twin brothers who participated in “Save for America,” a nationwide school savings program. After students read the article, encourage them to suggest reasons for saving money. Although they may choose to mention their various sources of money and amounts that they get, do not request personal information of this sort.

The Word Wise activity features the vocabulary words “deposit” and “withdraw” to discuss the meaning of ”antonyms,“ two or more words with the same, or almost the same, meanings. Students then complete sentences by choosing the appropriate antonyms.

  1. An answer that is not right is      wrong.     
  2. Instead of saving some of her money, Jen is      spending      it all.
  3. Let's not separate our collections. Let's      combine      them into one big collection.
  4. Mr. Canto buys T-shirts for his store, and then he      sells      them.

After reading and discussing the Data Hunt activity, have students complete Tasha's financial record for Weeks 2, 3, and 4. They do this by first adding to find her total sum for each week and then dividing that total by 3. Finally, they add the amounts of savings for each of the four weeks to find a total savings of $10.20. You may give students a copy of the My Money Worksheet (PDF file) to help them with this activity.

As an extension, you may have students use the My Money Worksheet (PDF file) to write out their own monthly savings plan.

Week How much I have
(Allowance + Recyling)
Spend on Savings
School Fun things
1 $5 + $2.35 = $7.35 $2.45 $2.45 $2.45
2 $5 + $3.55 = $8.55 $2.85 $2.85 $2.85
3 $5 + $2.95 = $7.95 $2.65 $2.65 $2.65
4 $5 + $1.75 = $6.75 $2.25 $2.25 $2.25
Total Savings for 4 Weeks: $10.20

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