Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Unit 6

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 “Buckminster Fuller” introduces children to Buckminster Fuller and his geodesic dome design. Have students read the article on their own and then complete the Word Wise activity. Check students' stories to be sure they are using each of the Word Wise terms correctly.

The Data Hunt activity has students test the strength of different shapes in order to prove or disprove Buckminster Fuller's theory that the triangle is the strongest shape. Students will need the following materials to complete the activity:

  • plastic straws
  • scissors
  • clay or putty

Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the experiment. Have students share their results with the class. Students may discuss what they think makes a shape strong or weak, and whether they believe Buckminster Fuller was correct.


Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 5