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Hawaii: The Island State


Hawaii: The Island State
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.75

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    scientist, lava, traveled, canoe, goddess, legend, mile, above, member, ocean, angry, from, along, reach, part, thousand
     content words:    Big Island, Mauna Loa, Mount Everest


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Hawaii: The Island State
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     Far from California is Hawaii. It is the only state that is an island. Some other states have islands. But none of them is like Hawaii. That makes this state special.
 
2     There are eight main islands in the state. They are part of a 1,500-mile mountain range. Most of the range is under the ocean. Along the range are volcanoes. They erupted deep in the ocean. As the lava cooled, the islands of Hawaii formed. It took many years for the cooled lava to reach above the ocean. Once they did, the lava formed the islands.
 
3     Today, the Big Island of Hawaii is still growing. Two volcanoes on the island are active -- Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in the world. Counting the part under the ocean, it's bigger than Mount Everest! The other volcano is called Kilauea. At one of its craters, lava flows all the time. Then the lava cools. This adds hundreds of acres to the Big Island each year.

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