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Lesson 15 – Things That Spin

Read About Things That Spin


Read the vocabulary terms to understand the reading better.


A blade is one of the rotating parts of a fan that moves air.


Being dizzy is when someone has a spinning feeling in their head that may cause them to lose balance.


An object is anything that has shape or form and can be seen or touched.


Spinning is when an object turns around in a circle.

Wheel and Axle

A wheel and axle is a simple machine that can move objects across a distance. The wheel is the round part. The axle is a rod that goes through the centre of a wheel to help it move. A car has wheels and axles to help move.

Things That Spin

Objects spin when they turn around in a circle.

Ferris Wheels

A Ferris wheel is fun because it spins. It turns around and around in a circle. People go high, then low, then high again as the Ferris wheel spins. It is fun to go up high on a Ferris wheel.

Bike Wheels

The wheels on a bike spin. Each wheel moves around and around in a circle. When you go fast on a bike, the wheels spin quickly. You cannot go anywhere on a bike if the wheels do not spin.


Have you ever been on a merry-go-round? A merry-go-round spins. The horses move around and around in a circle as the merry-go-round spins. The merry-go-round stops spinning when the ride is over.

Fan Blades

The blades on a fan spin. Turn the fan on and the blades move around and around in a circle. The spinning blades make air move. Then you have a nice breeze to cool you down.


Can you spin? Yes, you can! First, you need to stand up. Turn your body around in a circle. You can move your feet, but keep them in the same spot on the floor. Do not spin fast and do not turn in a circle too many times. Spinning can make you dizzy and you might fall down.

Now Show What You Know!

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