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Saida Goes to School in Afghanistan



Saida Goes to School in Afghanistan
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.24

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     challenging words:    brothers, caption, celebration, education, jobs, kabob, kabobs, likes, natural, petroleum, sheer, span, tasty, traditional, vanilla, yakh
     content words:    Twelve-year-old Saida


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     Spanish: Saida va a la escuela en Afganistán


Saida Goes to School in Afghanistan
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Caption: Afghan girls wearing traditional clothing sing at a celebration of International Women's Day, March 8
 
2     You might not feel like going to school every day. But did you know that a little girl in Afghanistan wanted to go to school so badly that she told a stranger about it?
 
3     Saida lives in Afghanistan. A man came to her village and built a school. Saida told this man, "I don't have any more brothers. I want to go to school!" One of Saida's brothers had died because of the fighting in her country. Her family was very sad. Twelve-year-old Saida felt that going to school would help her future.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Pretend that Saida is coming over to your house for dinner. Write a menu of your favorite foods that you would serve to her.

2.  Imagine that you were rich and decided to build a new playground for Saida's school. Draw a map and label the kinds of equipment you would put on her new playground.

3.  Write a story about what Saida decided to study. What do you think that Saida will be when she grows up? Will she stay in Afghanistan or go somewhere else?



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