Crashing, Jumping, Falling
Authentic Informational Text, Lexile 1160
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Crashing, Jumping, Falling (ReadWorks)
What question is the author attempting to answer in the beginning of the article?
What happens to the amount of potential energy stored in a wrecking ball the higher it is raised in the air?
____________ the skydiver jumps from the plane at 20,000 feet, the potential energy stored inside him is converted to kinetic energy.
Explain what is happening to a person’s energy when they go skydiving. Be sure to explain what happens to the person’s energy 1) when they go up in the plane, 2) when they jump from the plane, and 3) when the parachute opens.
End of Passage Quiz
Explain whether the amount of potential energy stored within an object affects the level of impact the object will have on another object when they come into contact. Use at least one example from the text to support your answer.