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Cranes are tools used by construction workers. Cranes lift heavy objects. They place them somewhere else.

Tower cranes are used to build skyscrapers. The main part of a tower crane is the mast. The mast stands straight up. Pieces can be added to the mast to make it taller. This lets the crane grow with the building.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a crane at work? What was it doing? What kind of crane was it?


Have you read about another construction machine? How is its job similar to a crane’s? How is it different?


A crane has many parts that work together. What are other machines that have many parts? What would happen if one of the parts stopped working?

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