Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 14.8

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 “Snowflake Man” tells about the life of the first person to state with certainty that no two snowflakes are alike. Students learn that the original nineteenth-century photographs taken by Wilson A. Bentley can be seen today in Bentley's hometown in Vermont.

The Word Wise activity alerts students to the fact that there are several possible spellings for the consonant sound “sh”. Students are encouraged to work together to suggest words that exemplify the ten spellings that represent this sound.

You will need to make copies of the Snowflake Worksheet (PDF file) to distribute for the Data Hunt. The activity challenges students to use their facility with a protractor and what they have learned about central angles to mark off six central angles within a circle. Then they follow the instructions on the worksheet in order to fold and cut hexagonal snowflakes. The acute central angle measures 60°.

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