STANDARDS

CCSS: 4.G.A.1, MP5, MP6, MP7

TEKS: 4.6A, 4.6.C


Wild Waterslides

Tour some of the most extreme waterslides in the U.S.

You climb six stories to the top of a platform. You peer over the edge and sit in an inner tube. Finally you take off in a gush of water, twisting and turning for 335 feet. You reach almost 32 miles per hour! You end the ride by gliding up to the mouth of a giant king cobra. That’s what it’s like to ride Raja, a waterslide that opened at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin last year.

There are super slides all over the country. Read on to learn more!  

You climb six stories to the top of a platform. You peer over the edge. You sit in an inner tube. Finally, you take off! A gush of water follows you. For 335 feet, you twist and turn. You goal almost 32 miles per hour! You end the ride. You glide up to the mouth of a giant king cobra. That’s what it’s like to ride Raja. That is a waterslide that opened last year. It’s at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin.

There are super slides all over the country. Read on to learn more!  

Courtesy of Disney Resorts

Summit Plummet

Need for Speed

Do you like to go fast? Then Summit Plummet is the ride for you. People can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour!

Summit Plummet is at Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida. It’s designed to look like a ski jump. From the top, riders slide into a tunnel that drops them toward the ground.

After plunging 12 stories, riders reach a flat stretch. They slow to a stop where they can see their finishing times on a digital clock.

Do you like to go fast? Then Summit Plummet is for you. People go fast on the ride. They can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour!

Summit Plummet is at Disney’s Blizzard Beach. It’s located in Orlando, Florida. It’s designed to look like a ski jump. From the top, riders slide into a tunnel. It drops them toward the ground.

Riders plunge 12 stories. They reach a flat stretch. They slow to a stop. Then they can see their finishing times on a digital clock.

Courtesy of Hyland Hills Water World

Turbo Racer

Fierce Competition

If you like to compete, you’ll love Turbo Racer at Water World in Denver, Colorado. This slide has eight lanes. People race down the slide to see who wins. Each racer lies belly-down on a mat.

Less than a minute later, riders glide to the finish. Digital clocks above every lane display finishing times.

If you like to compete, you’ll love Turbo Racer. It’s located at Water World in Denver, Colorado. This slide has eight lanes. People race down the slide. They try to win. Each racer lies belly-down on a mat.

Riders finish in less than a minute. Digital clocks are above every lane. They display finishing times. 

Courtesy of Atlantis, Paradise Island

Leap of Faith

Surrounded by Sharks

The sharks in this waterslide swim peacefully while riders zip through a tunnel in their tank!

The Leap of Faith waterslide is located at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas. You begin at the top of the slide 60 feet high. Then you slide through a clear tube inside the shark pool and come out the other side.

The sharks in this waterslide swim peacefully. Meanwhile, riders zip through a tunnel in their tank!

The Leap of Faith waterslide is in the Bahamas. It’s located at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort. You begin at the top of the slide 60 feet high. Then you slide through a clear tube inside the shark pool. Finally, you come out the other side.

Use this vocabulary box to fill in the blanks for question 1.

Use this vocabulary box to fill in the blanks for question 1.

1A.

Steel beams support Summit Plummet. When 2 beams ________, they form an angle. A ________ angle measures exactly 90°.

Steel beams support Summit Plummet. When 2 beams ________, they form an angle. A ________ angle measures exactly 90°.

1B.

Write a true statement using the remaining words from the vocabulary box.

Write a true statement using the remaining words from the vocabulary box.

2.

Which of the following is an acute angle?

A. 100°

B. 60°

C. 90°

D. 180°

Which of the following is an acute angle?

A. 100°

B. 60°

C. 90°

D. 180°

3.

Does the flat part at the end of Turbo Racer’s slide have intersecting lines? Explain.

Does the flat part at the end of Turbo Racer’s slide have intersecting lines? Explain.

4.

Find an acute angle in the photo on the left. Outline the 2 rays that form it. Then measure the angle with a protractor.

Find an acute angle in the photo on the left. Outline the 2 rays that form it. Then measure the angle with a protractor.

5.

What is the difference between an acute angle and an obtuse angle? Explain.

What is the difference between an acute angle and an obtuse angle? Explain.

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