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Mirtala from Guatemala Gets Enough to Eat



Mirtala from Guatemala Gets Enough to Eat
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.6

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    doing, eternal, guatemalans, jobs, likes, malnutrition, starvation, plant, also, city, coffee, corn, country, empty, enough, even
     content words:    In Guatemala


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Other Languages
     French: Mirtala de Guatemala mange à sa faim
     Spanish: Mirtala de Guatemala consigue comida para comer
     Italian: Mirtala dal Guatemala riceve abbastanza da mangiare
     German: Mirtala aus Guatemala bekommt genug zu essen


Mirtala from Guatemala Gets Enough to Eat
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Mirtala is eight years old. She likes to plant trees. She wants to have a green thumb so that she can do a good job. Her work helps her family have food.
 
2     Mirtala's family had problems last year. Her father got sick. He went to a hospital. It was in a city in Guatemala. Her mother needed help. She had twelve children to feed! She was worried about her husband. She was worried about her children.
 
3     One day a visitor came to the village. He wanted to do a project called reforestation. Reforestation meant planting trees. The trees would help to hold the soil in place. The visitor gave Mirtala's family jobs. They all liked planting trees. They received food for their work. They got rice, beans, and corn. They also got sardines, oil, and medicine. They helped to plant 5,000 trees.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Have an adult help you research the kinds of clothing that the ancient Mayan people wore. Draw a picture of one kind of Mayan costume to share with the class, or try to put together a Mayan costume to model for your class.

2.  Write a letter to Mirtala about a pet that you have and ask her if she has any pets. Or, research three kinds of animals that live in a tropical climate.

3.  Pretend that you own a landscaping company in the United States. You were asked to put together a care package for Mirtala to help her family grow their garden. Write a description of three items that you would put in a gardening kit for Mirtala to help her cultivate her "green thumb."



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