Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 20.7

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 “Pasture Poetry” details one college student's project, in which he used cows to study the randomness by which some words, when randomly put together, form poetry. Help students to understand how probability, or chance, affected the outcome of the “cow poetry.”

Most students will be familiar with at least some of the animals referred to by these six words in the Word Wise activity.

  • equine: horse
  • feline: cat
  • canine: dog
  • porcine: pig
  • ursine: bear
  • elephantine: elephant

You may want to begin the Data Hunt activity with the question, “What is poetry?” Help students understand that poetry does not necessarily have to rhyme. Present some examples of both rhyming and non-rhyming poetry to make this point.

The activity gives students the opportunity to use the concept of making an organized list to create poetic phrases. Students put together two- and three-word phrases using words from literature of their choosing. Then they identify any of these phrases that they think sound poetic.


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