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Ferris Wheel Day



The Big Wheel
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.94

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    structural, carousel, presented, triumph, foundation, fairs, collapse, original, engineer, stressful, rail, prove, material, public, axle, topped
     content words:    George Ferris, Eiffel Tower, Paris International Exposition, Until Ferris
The Big Wheel

By Mary Lynn Bushong
1     If you go to a fair or an amusement park, the sheer variety of rides can make your head spin and your stomach queasy. It wasn't always this way. Once upon a time, the carousel was considered a wild ride. It was topped by the original giant, the Ferris wheel.
 
2     George Ferris was an engineer by trade. He'd done some work for the railroads and then constructed the steel framework for bridges in Pittsburgh. He saw that structural steel was becoming a popular building material and set up a company to inspect and test the material.
 
3     In 1891, he attended a banquet in Chicago, Illinois, along with other engineers from around the country. The city had been chosen to host the World's Fair in 1893. The director of the fair's construction hoped to get some kind of engineering marvel to make people want to come to the fair. The Eiffel Tower had done that for the Paris International Exposition. Until Ferris came along, none of the proposals made by other engineers were what he wanted. They wanted to build towers like Eiffel's, but the director wanted something original.

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Reading Comprehension
     English Reading Comprehension: The Big Wheel
     French Reading Comprehension: La Grande Roue
     Spanish Reading Comprehension: La Grande Rueda
     Italian Reading Comprehension: La ruota panoramica
     German Reading Comprehension: Das Riesenrad




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