Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Miscellaneous Health Topics
On to New Heights

Miscellaneous Health Topics
Miscellaneous Health Topics


On to New Heights
Print On to New Heights Reading Comprehension with Third Grade Work

Print On to New Heights Reading Comprehension with Fourth Grade Work

Print On to New Heights Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.59

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    lurched, ride-eyes, white-but, whizzed, possibility, listed, awesome, lowest, actually, especially, coaster, laughing, uncomfortable, railing, therapy, minutes
     content words:    Millennium Force, United States


On to New Heights
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "No thanks," I said. "I'll wait for you down here."
 
2     "Suit yourself," said my friends as they took off for the line in front of the Millennium Force, one of the tallest roller coasters in the United States.
 
3     I sighed. I love to ride roller coasters, but lately, that has changed. The last time I was on a coaster, it stopped at the top of the hill for ten minutes. Being about 200 feet up in an open car, for ten long minutes was not fun. In fact, I began to be scared. Since then, I've noticed that I am uncomfortable in any type of "open heights" situation. I used to be able to climb up high mountain trails. I'd stand on the edge of a rock and enjoy the majestic view. I liked riding monorails, especially the open cars. I liked looking down over the railing in a tall building, like the 50 story hotel we stayed in for vacation once. It was great to look down into the lobby. Now, all that has changed.
 
4     I sat on a bench and looked up at the roller coaster. It was supposed to be awesome. There was a long line, so I sat there a long time while my friends waited to go. During my wait, I got to thinking about my fear of heights.
 
5     We had learned a little bit about acrophobia in school last year. Acrophobia is a fancy name for the fear of heights. A lot of people suffer from this. However, there are things you can do to get over it. I went back over some of the ideas we had learned. The main technique was called "graded exposure therapy."
 
6     "Graded exposure therapy" is pretty simple. I began to make a list in my head of places that made me feel scared. I listed roller coasters, monorails, and tall buildings. Then, I sorted the list in the order of the smallest place. The best thing for me to do next would be to go to the first (and lowest) height, then stay there while I tried to remain calm. As I got used to that situation, I could move to the next item on my list. How could I begin that today? I know the process could take me weeks, or months, but perhaps I could conquer one type of height at this park.
 
7     I figured that perhaps I could choose a small roller coaster to go on-one that was not nearly as high as the Millennium Force. Then, if it stopped, I could try to stay calm by breathing deeply and thinking logically about the safety features and low possibility of the car falling off the track.
 
8     Pretty soon, my group of friends came toward me, laughing and slapping each other on the back.
 
9     "Oh, man, you missed it," they said. "It was awesome."

Paragraphs 10 to 20:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Feedback on On to New Heights
Leave your feedback on On to New Heights   (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Miscellaneous Health Topics
             Miscellaneous Health Topics



Health
    Alcohol  
 
    Bicycle Safety  
 
    Circulatory System  
 
    Digestive System  
 
    Disabilities  
 
    Drugs  
 
    Excretory System  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Health Professionals  
 
    Healthy Life  
 
    Hygiene  
 
    Illnesses  
 
    Medical Tools  
 
 
    Miscellaneous Health Topics  
 
    Muscular System  
 
    My Plate  
 
    Nervous System  
 
    Nutrition  
 
    Reproductive System  
 
    Respiratory System  
 
    Skeletal System  
 
    Teeth  
 
    The Five Senses  
 
    The Human Body  
 
    Tobacco  
 



Copyright © 2017 edHelper