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Maria's Story: A Village of Land Mines



Maria's Story: A Village of Land Mines
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.11

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     challenging words:    anti-personnel, humanitarian, probably, mines, violent, guerillas, splinter, entire, camps, equipment, meantime, schools, fellow, however, rocks, likely
     content words:    But Maria


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Maria's Story: A Village of Land Mines
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     You probably like to play outside. You might have fallen a time or two. You might have even stepped on a rock with your bare feet, or you might have gotten a splinter. Maria has to worry about stepping on even bigger and more dangerous things than you do.
 
2     Maria is a child just like you. She likes to play. She likes to be with her family. She likes to be outside. There's one big difference between Maria and you, though. Maria lost her leg and lost her father. How did that happen? She lost both in a land mine accident.
 
3     Maria lives in a country called Colombia. Land mines are in many places in Colombia. They are weapons. However, they are not weapons in the same way as guns. Guns are fired and shot by people. Land mines are hidden on the ground or below the ground. They can explode when someone steps on them. It can happen to a soldier that steps on it. It can happen to a father. It can happen to a child. The land mine does not know the difference.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Create a poster creating awareness of land mines.

2.  Research the problem of land mines in other countries.

3.  Look up prostheses and explain their job.



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