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Laura Helps the Street Children of Ecuador



Laura Helps the Street Children of Ecuador
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.11

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     challenging words:    might, jobs, lived, part-time, underground, working, person, able, also, building, capital, change, cocoa, coffee, country, difference
     content words:    South America, Pacific Ocean, Andes Mountains, Galapagos Islands


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Laura Helps the Street Children of Ecuador
By Colleen Messina
  

1     You might not think that one person can change things. One young woman named Laura found out that one person could help. She decided to help the street children of Ecuador.
 
2     Laura went to Quito, Ecuador. Quito is the capital of the country. She helped with a project called Sinsoluka. The word means "without glue." The street children breathed in fumes from glue. It made them forget their problems. They became addicted to glue. That is bad and could hurt them. Sinsoluka's goal was to get the children off of the streets and off of glue.
 
3     The street children lived in underground tunnels. They lived in parks. They lived in old buildings. Some of them had part-time jobs. Some of them began working when they were six years old. They shined shoes. They recycled garbage. Their families did not help them. They had no hope. Then, they tried drugs.

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1.  Think about your favorite treat. Try giving it up for one week. Write a paragraph about how it felt to give up your favorite treat.

2.  Pretend that you are a giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands. Write a short story about one day in your life. Draw a picture of a tortoise on the Galapagos Islands.



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