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Jamal Has Big Trouble from a Bug Bite



Jamal Has Big Trouble from a Bug Bite
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.14

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     challenging words:    swat, affects, bridges, itchy, kinds, malaria, mosquito, nets, playful, protozoan, quinine, solution, stomachache, traveled, uncomfortable, when
     content words:    Indian Ocean


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Jamal Has Big Trouble from a Bug Bite
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Swat! When a mosquito bites, you swat it. Mosquito bites get itchy, red, and uncomfortable. Some mosquito bites cause big trouble. A small boy in Kenya got very sick from a bug bite. Mosquito bites can cause a disease called malaria.
 
2     Jamal first got malaria when he was a baby. He was not very strong. He got sick often. He went to the hospital. Doctors gave him a drug called quinine. This drug helps people with malaria. It helped Jamal when he got sick.
 
3     Jamal's mother felt very scared when Jamal was sick. She said he was a playful child. Sometimes in the middle of a game, Jamal would get a stomachache. He would get a headache. He even had convulsions. It was hard for Jamal's mother when he had these attacks.

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1.  What do you usually do to avoid getting mosquito bites? If you get a bite, what do you do to make it feel better?

2.  Explain one simple solution that you have come up with to help you solve a problem you have had. Do you think that your solution could help other people? Why, or why not?



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