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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Mrs. Park's Class
Celebra el Día de Martin Luther King Jr. con la clase de la Sra. Park

The students in Mrs. Park's class prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and create a mural in his honor. As they reflect on the values he taught, the students come up with terrific idea for their Martin Luther King Day celebration.
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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Joaquín, Harlequin
Celebra el Mardi Gras con Joaquín, arlequín

Disguised as a harlequin, Joaquín enjoys the Mardi Gras celebration with his family, but he gets lost in the crowd. His family searches everywhere for him, and they find one harlequin, and another, and yet another, but none are Joaquín. But there is one sure way of telling which one is Joaquín. Find out how.
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Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Fong Family
Celebra el Año Nuevo Chino con la familia Fong

A Chinese-American family invites their good friends the Sanchez', a Latino family, to celebrate the Chinese New Year with them. Nico, a curious little member of the Sanchez family, is fascinated by the celebration and gets himself in a bit of trouble during his picture-taking adventure.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Hat Dance
Celebra el Cinco de Mayo con un Jarabe Tapatío

Students prepare to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and have a great time practicing the Mexican hat dance, "Jarabe". It's show time, but can the students dance the "Jarabe" without stepping on the hat?
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Celebrate Fourth of July with Champ, the Scamp
Celebra el Cuatro de Julio con Campeón, el glotón

It is the 4th of July, and a family prepares for the special picnic. Champ, the family dog, does not want to miss the celebration. He hides away in the food basket and has a picnic of his own with all the other dogs in the park! What kind of a picnic will it be for the family without any food?
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Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Samantha and Lola
Celebra el Día de San Patricio con Samantha y Lola

Samantha loves Irish dancing, wigs, customs and all! She is ready for the school talent show. Her catchy enthusiasm motivates her friend, Lola, to learn a step or two. "One step at a time" Lola learns more and more. Little does she know that Samantha has a Saint Patrick's Day surprise in store!
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Celebrate a Powwow with Sandy Starbright
Celebra un powwow con Sandy Starbright

It's Sandy's birthday, and she and her family are getting ready to travel for a powwow. Sandy is thrilled to received so many special birthday presents, which make up a beautiful costume, perfect for the traditional dance she will perform at the powwow. All she is missing is her moccasins, but they are nowhere to be found. What Sandy doesn't know is that her father has a wonderful birthday surprise.
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Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead with Cristina and her Blue Bunny
Celebra el Halloween y el Día de Muertos con Cristina y su conejito azul

It's Halloween but Cristina is very sad and doesn't feel like putting on a costume and going trick-or-treating because she's lost her toy bunny. During the celebration of the Day of the Dead, her parents teach her about a unique way to deal with the pain of the loss of a loved one. Contains an informative section about Halloween and the Day of the dead.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Beto and Gaby
Celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias con Beto y Gaby

Beto and Gaby anxiously wait for their relatives to arrive for the Thanksgiving dinner. One by one, they each call to inform that they will not be able to attend because of a great snowstorm. Thanksgiving without Grandma and the rest of the family is just not the same. What will they do with so much food? Their grandmother has a surprise or two, or three.
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Celebrate Kwanzaa with Boots and her Kittens
Celebra Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos

An African-American family gets together to celebrate Kwanzaa, but will the celebration be spoiled because their beloved cat, Boots, is missing? The family sets off on a quest to find Boots by putting the seven values celebrated in Kwanzaa into practice.
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Celebrate Hanukkah with Bubbe's Tales
Celebra Hanukkah con un cuento de Bubbe

Three Jewish siblings play with the dreidel and are looking forward to eating Bubbe's Grandma in Yiddish delicious latkes as part of the Hanukkah celebration. But there aren't enough latkes for everyone. Will they all remember Bubbe's story of generosity, or are the latkes too tempting to pass up?
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Celebrate Christmas and Three Kings Day with Pablo and Carlitos
Celebra la Navidad y el Día de los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos

Carlitos writes a letter to the Three Kings asking for lots of presents. Later, he decides to write new letter and gives up some of the things in his wish list in exchange for a bigger gift for his older brother, Pablo, who is very good to him and is teaching him how to ride a bike. The Three Kings are truly wise and surprise Carlitos and his brother with just the right gifts!
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"Units of study that contain fictional and informational texts can improve students' comprehension by strengthening background knowledge, vocabulary, and motivation."

Abstract from Soalt J. (2005, April). Bringing Together Fictional and Informational/Texts to Improve Comprehension. The Reading Teacher,
58(7), 680-683. doi: 10.1598/RT.58.7.8