Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 19.4

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 “Bongos Return Home” describes the repatriation of bongos from America to Kenya. Students should understand that it was the near extinction of bongos that led to the development of the earlier program to ship them to America. The American zoos took on the job of breeding the bongos in captivity, with the understanding that the descendants of these animals would someday be returned to Kenya to live in the wild.

You may be interested in having students visit the Web site of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy to learn about the current status of the reintroduced bongos and to find out more about their future in Africa.

The Word Wise activity encourages students to research the work of the conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall, whose many years of observing the behavior of chimpanzees has led to the improvement of the environment for all living things. Students should have no difficulty incorporating the cited vocabulary words into their paragraphs about Dr. Goodall's work.

The Data Hunt activity requires students to use their understanding of fractions to answer questions about the numbers of animals.

  1. How many animals are at the animal orphanage this month? (18)
  2. What fraction of the animals are hyenas? (3/18, or 1/6 )
  3. What fraction of the animals are colobus monkeys? (4/18, or 2/9 )
  4. Which kinds of animals each make up 1\9 of the animals in the orphanage? (baboons and buffalo)
  5. If the elephant and the warthogs are returned to the wild at the end of the month, what fraction of the animals now at the orphanage will be left? ( 2/3 )

Students are then asked to write their own math questions based on the information in the table. Students' questions should involve finding, comparing, or ordering fractions.

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