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What Can Wind Do?
Wind is air that is moving. When air moves very quickly, it has a strong pushing force. When you see leaves or papers blowing down a street, they are moving because the wind is pushing against them.
Wind makes waves by pushing against water. Strong winds create big waves. During a storm, strong winds can make waves that do a lot of damage. Big waves can destroy homes and other buildings that are close to a lake or ocean.
Wind is what makes sailboats move. The wind pushes against the sails, and that makes the boat move forward. When the wind is moving very quickly, it pushes against the sails with more force. Then the sailboat will move faster.
People can use wind to create electricity. A wind turbine has narrow blades that sit on top of a tall pole. Inside the turbine is a magnet. When wind pushes against the blades, they spin and make the magnet spin. The spinning magnet creates electricity.
A tornado is one of the most dangerous kinds of wind. A tornado is very fast wind that is moving in a circle. A tornado has so much force that it can tear apart a house in seconds. A very strong tornado has enough force to pick up a car and send it flying through the air!
Wind can cause problems for farmers. The best soil for growing plants is the soil on top of the ground. Wind can blow away dry topsoil and make it difficult for farmers to grow crops.
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1. How does wind make things move?CorrectIncorrect
2. Use information from the text to match how wind helps and harms us.
Wind makes wind turbines create electricity.
Wind can blow away topsoil that farmers need to grow crops.
How Wind Helps People
Problems Caused by Wind
3. What is topsoil?CorrectIncorrect
4. How does wind make sailboats move?CorrectIncorrect
5. Fill in the blank using information from the text.
A is one of the most dangerous kinds of wind.