The Skirt

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Miata has left the beautiful folklrico skirt her mother wore in Mexico on the bus. She was going to wear the skirt on Sunday when her dance group performed folklrico. Can Miata and her friend Ana rescue the precious skirt in time? A warm-hearted story about a contemporary Mexican-American family.
Curriculet Details
11 Questions
13 Annotations
2 Quizzes

Designed for students in the third grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining Spanish words and cultural items. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about folklorico dancing. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character feelings and central story messages. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold it until the word is highlighted in blue. When you let go, a box will pop up and you can click on 'define'. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature a lot. Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Why would Miata's parents wear sunglasses out of embarrassment? 
This video shows a folklorico dance. You can see why Miata really needs her skirt to do this dance. (This annotation contains a video)
How is Little Joe probably feeling when his hands curl into fists? 

Chapter 2

"Prieta" is a Spanish word meaning "dark". It is used to describe someone with dark hair and eyes. 
Look at Miata's face in the illustration on the previous page. How is she feeling? 
"Todavia no esta aqui" means "still not here" or "not here yet". 

Chapter 3

Frijoles are beans, and papas fritas are french fries. "Carne del viernes" means "meat on Friday." 
What does it mean that Miata's mother is "happy as a singing canary"? 
"Que paso?" means "what happened?" 

Chapter 4

If you were Ana, would you let Miata borrow anything else from you? Why or why not? 
Sonora is in the northern part of Mexico. It is the red area on the map below. (This annotation contains an image)
Ana is biting her fingernail because she is feeling 
Chapters 1-4 

Chapter 5

Why is Miata surprised that Ana wants to climb on the bus to look for the skirt? 
"Que bueno" means "excellent." 

Chapter 6

Ana is probably praying 
The picture below shows the blue flame coming out of a welding torch, like the one Miata's father uses. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7

A synonym is a word that has a similar meaning to another word. Use the dictionary feature to read the definition of exhausted. Which of the words below is a synonym for exhausted? 
The picture below shows clothes hanging on a clothesline. People use clotheslines to dry or air out their clothes. (This annotation contains an image)
"Chango" means "small monkey" or "kid." 
Why does Miata leave the kitchen? 

Chapter 8

"Chorizo con huevos" is sausage with eggs. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the message, or the moral, of this story? Think about what Miata should have done. 
"Milagro" means "miracle." 
Chapters 5-8