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A dump truck carries dirt. It brings the dirt to a waste area. The back of the truck lifts up. The dirt falls through the open end. The dump truck drives away. It will pick up a new load of dirt.

At mines, workers take minerals and rocks from the earth. These minerals can be used for many things, such as heat or making electricity. Mining dump trucks work in mines. They carry huge loads. These dump trucks move on giant wheels. Each wheel is taller than an adult!

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a dump truck at work? What was it carrying?


Have you read about other construction vehicles? How are they similar to dump trucks? How are they different?


Dump trucks move things from one place to another. What other vehicles can be used to move things?

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