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Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant



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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.47

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    concrete, front, high-energy, lived, nuclear, purpose, radioactive, uranium, accident, being, building, course, during, electricity, enough, ever
     content words:    New York


Living Near a Nuclear Power Plant
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Drew sat on his front steps. He looked at the river. Next to the river he could see those funny shaped things again.
 
2     "Daddy," Drew said, "tell me what that is."
 
3     Daddy said, "That's the nuclear power plant."
 
4     "Daddy," Drew said, "tell me again what it does."
 
5     "It makes electricity for many homes. It gives those homes power," Daddy said.
 
6     "How does it do that, Daddy?" Drew asked.
 
7     "It uses something called uranium. The uranium goes through a process that breaks it apart. This process makes a lot of heat. Through a special process, power is produced," Daddy said.
 
8     "Why does the building look so funny, then?" Drew asked.
 
9     "That is to protect us," Daddy said.
 
10     "What could it protect us from?" Drew asked.
 
11     "The plant uses uranium. The uranium is radioactive. That means it gives off harmful particles. If they leaked out, people could get very sick. The steel and concrete building helps protect us from that," Daddy said.
 
12     "Is this the only one in New York?" Drew asked.
 
13     "No, there are six in New York. You are looking at two of them right there," Daddy said.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research how a nuclear power plant works. Draw a simple picture to show the process.

2.  Evacuations are important in an emergency. Draw a plan showing how to escape from your house in case of a fire.



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