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Water Power
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.55

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dams, grinder, molasses, excited, class, mystery, exactly, poles, minutes, rocks, awfully, provided, plug, base, forward, power
     content words:    Spring Mill


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Water Power
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Mrs. Kim's class was very excited. They were going on a field trip today. Their trip would take them to Spring Mill. Mrs. Kim had a table in front of the room. On the table were a bucket of water, something that looked like a miniature Ferris wheel, and a loaf of bread. The children listened as Mrs. Kim spoke.
 
2     "Are you ready for our field trip?" asked Mrs. Kim.
 
3     "Yes," answered all the children at once.
 
4     "Before we leave," Mrs. Kim continued," I would like for you to be looking for the answer to a question."
 
5     "Aw," said Matthew, "are we going to have a test?"
 
6     "No," answered Mrs. Kim, "we are going to solve a mystery. When we get back to the classroom, I want you to be able to tell me how this water plus this wheel can work together to make this bread."
 
7     "I don't think that wheel is going to taste very good," said Maddie.
 
8     "I think the water will make the bread soggy," added Chris.
 
9     "Let's get on the bus and we'll go to Spring Mill. Then maybe you will be able to answer the question," instructed Mrs. Kim.
 
10     The children enjoyed their bus ride into the country. They sang songs. They played "I Spy." They talked to each other on the trip. They reached the old stone mill in about thirty minutes. Mrs. Kim led them into the heart of the mill.
 
11     An older gentleman came to meet them. "Good morning, boys and girls. My name is Mr. Johns. I will guide you around our mill. If you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them."
 
12     "Thank you, Mr. Johns," said Mrs. Kim. "My students are very interested in seeing how water and a wheel can end up as bread."

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