Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 9.9

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 “Not Making Cents” tells of the “Legal Tender Modernization Act,” a bill that Congressman Jim Kolbe brought to the House of Representatives for approval.

The Word Wise activity defines synonym and antonym. It then suggests that students use a print or on-line thesaurus to find antonyms of the word “abolish.” Possible findings are:

  • adopt
  • authorize
  • build
  • continue
  • create
  • enact
  • establish
  • found
  • introduce
  • promote
  • set up
  • support
  • uphold

Engage students in a discussion of these words and how their definitions may differ.

Has the new state quarter been issued for your state as yet? Explain that while the portrait of George Washington still appears on the “heads,” or “obverse,” side of the new quarters, the design on the reverse side was created to honor each state. As students do the Data Hunt activity, they will enjoy learning about how the designs have been chosen. (A sixth grader and a seventh grader submitted the design concept for the Massachusetts quarter!)

  1. Look at the word number that appears above in bold print (six billion, four hundred seventy million, nine hundred thirty-two thousand). Write this number in standard form.
    Answer: 6,470,932,000
  2. If the total number of quarters issued in 2000 had been minted equally for all five states, how many quarters would have been minted for each state?
    Answer: 1,294,186,400
  3. For which states was the number of quarters minted greater than 1/5 of the total for the year?
    Answer: South Carolina and Virginia

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 5