Weekly Reader Connections

Teacher Guide: Lesson 21.4

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 “He Shrunk the White House” describes the scale model of the White House built by John Zweifel and his family. Explain that all the contents of the miniature White House—the rooms, the furniture, and everything on the tables and walls—were made according to a 1-inch to 1-foot scale. So, for example, the chandelier that hangs 10 inches down from the ceiling in the miniature White House hangs 10 feet down from the ceiling in the actual White House.

The Word Wise activity directs students to think about the meaning of the word miniaturist, based on their knowledge of the word miniature. Students then list as many words as they can think of that are associated with the word small. You may direct students to use a thesaurus to help them build a list.

The Data Hunt activity has children design a miniature replica of their classroom. Students will need measuring tools (rulers, yardsticks, or tape measures) to measure the dimensions of the classroom and two objects in the classroom. Students then decide on the size of their replica, and write the proportions for each of their measurements.


Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 6