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 “Sculpture on the Move” introduces students to the work of the sculptor Alexander Calder. A former professor's family gave the first Calder mobile mentioned in the article to the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

The second mobile mentioned is entitled, “Fish.” Made of painted metal, glass and ceramic fragments, wood, and plastic, it hangs in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

The Word Wise activity draws students' attention to two words that are almost alike in spelling but that have different meanings and pronunciations.

Students will enjoy creating their own mobiles in the Data Hunt activity. You will need to provide students with the following materials:

  • plastic drinking straws
  • paper clips
  • scissors
  • tape
  • string or thread
  • construction paper
  • scale
  • ruler

Emphasize that in order to make the mobiles balance, or “hang straight,” students may have to employ trial and error, moving their fish around and adjusting the lengths of the paper-clip chains as necessary.


Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 4