Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 24.5

The Weekly Reader Connections feature of 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.

You may wish to have a chess set in class as you discuss the article “All the Right Moves.” The article discusses the increasing popularity of chess among students, both in and out of school. Encourage those children who are familiar with the rules of chess to discuss the ways in which each kind of piece may move on the board.

For the Word Wise activity, students analyze six words that contain the letter y. Their challenge is to identify those words in which the y has the short i sound and those in which the y has the long e sound.

Short i sound of y: symbol, bicycle.
Long e sound of y: candy, hurry.
In both mystery and symmetry: the first y has the short i sound;
the last y has the long e sound.

The Data Hunt activity has each student draw a figure on a coordinate grid. The student then writes directions for drawing the figure, using ordered pairs. Have each student read his or her directions to a partner (or a group). The partner must then use his or her own knowledge of coordinate geometry to draw the figure. Students can compare pictures after the directions have been given. As an alternative, each student can trade written directions with a partner.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 4