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Landmines: Watch Your Step!



Landmines: Watch Your Step!
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.07

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    amputations, anti-tank, antipersonnel, clearing, explosive-sniffing, inexpensive, killers, mine-detecting, mine-related, soviet, lethal, various, wounds, injure, injury, mines
     content words:    State Department, When Sonam, International Committee, Red Cross, Mine Ban Treaty, Ban Treaty


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     Spanish: Minas Terrestres: ¡Cuidado por Dónde Andas!


Landmines: Watch Your Step!
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Caption: An explosive-sniffing dog and his handler, along with a State Department employee, demonstrate the use of body armor and mine-detecting equipment
 
2     Children love to run and laugh in the hot, bright sun all over the world. They love to play games of hide and seek in cool, green forests, too. In some countries, loud explosions interrupt these simple games. Lethal weapons called land mines catch children by surprise. It doesn't matter if they watch their steps because land mines are hidden dangers. A land mine injury changes a child's life forever.
 
3     A land mine explodes when a person, a vehicle, or an animal gets close to it or steps on it. These weapons can injure or kill people. Soldiers put land mines on the ground or underground. Armies use land mines to slow down an enemy's movement. Land mines also protect or establish borders during a war. Land mines remain after the war ends because it costs a lot to remove them. Besides injuring people, these weapons also destroy the land. They make land unusable and unsafe for farming.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Today, machines are used to detect and destroy land mines. Design and draw a picture of a machine that could safely remove land mines from fields. Include safety precautions so that the driver does not get hurt.

2.  How could you help a person who had lost a limb because of a land mine accident? Write about two ways that you might be able to help the person, either physically or emotionally. Would you feel comfortable in this role? Why, or why not?



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