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    Skateboarding

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    Vocabulary

    1. Martial arts = (noun) the Asian skills or sports of combat and self-defense, such as karate

    and judo

    2. Quarter-pipe = (noun) a ramp used in skateboarding that looks like the cross-section of a

    large pipe

    3. Freestyle = action or competition where a person chooses his or her own moves and

    tricks

    4. Incline = (noun) an angled plane or flat surface

    5. Ramp = (noun) a sloping surface leading from a higher level to a lower level

    6. Curved = smoothly bent

    7. Platform = a flat, raised surface

    8. Archery = (noun) the sport on skill of shooting with a bow and arrow

    9. Karate = (noun) a Japanese form of combat using the arms and legs to block and deliver

    blows

    10. Wrestling = (noun) a sport in which opponents try to throw or force each other to the

    ground

    11. Lacrosse = (noun) a team game in which players throw and catch a ball with a netted

    stick

    12. Artistic = (adjective) pleasing to the eye; showing imagination and skill

    13. Navigate = (verb) to steer carefully through

    14. Curb = (noun) a stone or concrete border running along the edge of a street

    15. Grunt = (noun) a deep, short sound made in the throat by an animal or person

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    Crossword Activity

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    Clues:

    Across

    5. The tulip petals are _____ 7. a flat, raised surface

    8. Always look both ways before crossing thestreet at a curb.

    10. the Asian skills or sports of combat andself-defense

    13. Japanese people are good at _______ 14. slope

    15. The school bus driver needs to navigatearound lots of potholes on my street.

    Down

    1. My cousin is a ski jumper, but I prefer toski _______

    2. surface that leads from a higher to a lowerlevel

    3. a Japanese martial art

    4. a ramp used in skateboarding with across-section of a large pipe

    6. a team game in which players throw and

    catch a ball with a netted stick9. pleasing to the aye

    11. the sport on skill of shooting with a bowand arrow

    12. Bears ______

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    Crossword Activity (Answers)

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    Clues:

    Across

    5. The tulip petals are _____ 7. a flat, raised surface

    8. Always look both ways before crossing thestreet at a curb.

    10. the Asian skills or sports of combat andself-defense

    13. Japanese people are good at _______ 14. slope

    15. The school bus driver needs to navigatearound lots of potholes on my street.

    Down

    1. My cousin is a ski jumper, but I prefer toski _______

    2. surface that leads from a higher to a lowerlevel

    3. a Japanese martial art

    4. a ramp used in skateboarding with across-section of a large pipe

    6. a team game in which players throw and

    catch a ball with a netted stick9. pleasing to the aye

    11. the sport on skill of shooting with a bowand arrow

    12. Bears ______

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    Story

    Chapter 1 A Place to Skate by Elise Mariel del Fuego

    Newburyport, Massachusetts is a great place to grow up. There are lots of things for kids

    to do, especially if they like sports. There are soccer

    fields and martial arts studios. There are a couple of

    places to learn gymnastics. Newburyport is near the

    ocean, so there are lots of beaches for swimming. Some

    people even surf!

    But before the year 2001, Newburyport was

    missing something a place for skateboarders to skate. Some skaters gathered at a local

    shopping mall. In front, there was a curved cement wall, like a quarter-pipe. Shoppers

    sometimes had to move aside as the skaters flew by. Store owners got upset when kids skated

    in front of their stores. They put up signs that said No skateboarding. Police take notice.

    Other kids tried to skate at playgrounds.

    Playgrounds are great for freestyle moves. There

    are slides and see-saws with inclines. Parents with

    small children got upset. They didnt want

    skateboarders at the playground. They were afraid

    the skaters would knock their children over. Some

    parents complained, and then skateboarders were

    not allowed at playgrounds either.

    Skateboarders in Newburyport needed a

    place to go. Some kids and parents decided to

    build a skate park. They formed a group. They

    called it Friends of the Newburyport Skatepark.

    The group knew they had to raise money to build

    the park. They had dinners, yard sales, and car

    washes to raise money. They also had some

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    skating events. People paid to watch these events. Some people gave a lot of money. One of

    those people was a sports store owner who lived near Newburyport. He believed that the kids

    needed a place to skate. Besides money, he also

    gave his time. He helped the group put together

    plans for the skate park.

    The Friends group found a company in Oregon to

    create the plans for the park. The Oregon

    company had built popular skate parks in

    California. This company designed a beautiful

    cement skate park with big, connecting bowls.

    The Friends group now had to present the plans

    to the town government.

    The Friends group had many meetings with

    the town government. Kids stood up at the

    meetings and talked about why the town needed

    a skate park. There were meetings about where

    the park should be. Finally, the town decided to

    put the park near the Middle School. Some people

    were worried about noise. The town government

    decided that the park would only be open when

    school is closed. But they agreed that the skate park could be built!

    Newburyport now has a beautiful, clean, free outdoor skate park. The Friends group,

    skaters and parents work with the town to run it. Everyone agrees that it is a great place to

    skate!

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    Chapter 2 Skateboarding! by Ellen Chapman

    Some people think skateboarding is a new sport, but it really is not. Skateboarding

    began in California in the 1950s. Surfers wanted a way to

    practice on land when the ocean was rough. They also

    needed to practice when there were no waves. They

    worked hard to make surf boards they could use on

    land. They tried out different sizes and shapes of wood

    boards. They tried out different sizes and kinds of wheels.

    Finally, the surfers made perfect boards. They began to

    sell them as skateboards. Soon, lots of p eople were skateboarding.

    Today, there are about 18.5 million skateboarders around the world. Most of them live

    in the United States. Most of them are male and

    under the age of 18. Go Skateboarding Day

    started in 2004. It is on June 21st. Skaters use that

    day to show off their sport.

    You will often see skaters in playgrounds or

    shopping centers. Skateboard parks, or skate parks,

    were invented in the 1970s. Before that, some

    skaters would skate in empty swimming pools. Sometimes

    they skated in large cement pipes. Today, skate parks are

    the safest places to practice moves.

    Skate parks are usually made out of cement. At a

    skate park, you might find ramps, half-pipes and quarter-

    pipes. Most skate parks have at least one bowl. A bowl

    looks like an empty swimming pool with curved sides. Many

    skate parks also have a fun box. A fun box is a platform

    with one or more ramps. Lots of different tricks can be

    done on a fun box.

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    There are many skateboard moves. An ollie is a move where a skater pops the board

    into the air. It looks like the skater is jumping with the board stuck to his or her feet. A heel

    flip is an ollie with a twist. The skater kicks the board to make it flip under him or her.

    Sometimes these tricks are done while freestyle skating. Free style skating is just skating on a

    flat area. A freestyle skater does not use a bowl or fun box.

    Skateboarding is a lot of fun. Skateboarders probably dont think much about the history

    of the sport. They are focused on the moves and the fun. But it all started with surfers from

    the 1950s, who were looking for a little fun on land!

    Chapter 3 The History of Sports by Catherine Keyes

    Skateboarding is another sport that has a long

    history. Skateboarding developed from surfing.

    Surfing began in the Polynesian Islands of the Pacific

    Ocean. The earliest settlers on these islands came

    from Asia. They travelled in canoes from island to

    island. They brought sports with them, like playing in

    the surf on boards.

    The art of standing on boards was perfected on

    the island of Hawaii. European explorer Captain Cook

    reported seeing surfers when he arrived there in 1778.

    The sport interested other visitors, as well: in 1866, the

    writer Mark Twain tried it.

    Hawaiis Duke Kahanamoku won Olympic gold

    medals for the United States in swimming in 1912 and

    1920. He brought surfing to the American mainland at

    that time. People were thrilled by his surfboard tricks and stunts at beaches in California.

    Thousands of Californians rushed to try the new sport. By the 1950s, surfing was very popular.

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    Surfers wanted to practice when the ocean was rough, or when there were no waves. In

    the late 1950s, sidewalk surfing was developed. We now call this sport skateboarding. For

    surfers, sidewalk surfing was a way to re-create the feeling of riding a wave. Once people

    began making and selling skateboards, everyone could have that feeling. Skateboarding

    became very popular almost overnight.

    Skateboarding is just one sport that has roots

    that stretch back for centuries. Today, we play many

    sports baseball, soccer, lacrosse, martial arts that

    have roots in ancient times. We may play them

    differently than people did long ago. But we still play

    them for exercise, for fun, and for the thrill of

    competition.

    Chapter 4 Surprise Moves by Catherince Helck

    Every Friday after school, Andre, Ty, and I go

    skateboarding at Dunn Park. Its an awesome park. We like

    nothing better than chilling out together and practicing our

    moves.

    None of us is an expert skater. But when you add our

    skills together, we make a good team. Andre knows the best tricks. He is the only one who can

    do a great Ollie, and he is working on a heelflip to end it. Ty is our artistic king, cutting great

    curves as he races forward. I love to fly downhill, so I always head for the half-pipe.

    Dunn Park is a great place to skate. Theres a half -pipe, a bowl, rails, and a fun box. It is

    in a regular park, so there are great places to go freestyle.

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    People around school know they can find us at Dunn.

    They know how much the three of us love to board. They

    also know how tight we are. Were always together just the

    three of us. Were kind of a skateboarding team.

    A couple of weeks ago, we accepted a friendly

    challenge from Tys cousin, Chris. Chris is a skater too. Were

    going to comp ete against Chriss team. We want to find out

    which is the best. Were just doing it for fun. We know the

    three of us are pretty good and strong. Still, we hear that the

    other team has some freestyle moves we dont. So were

    working on getting better quickly.

    Something crazy happened at Dunn Park yesterday. I will never forget it. When we got

    to the park, Ty saw Natalie, a new girl in school. Usually, the three of us have the park to

    ourselves. But there she was, skating all by herself. She saw us and shou ted out, Hey, watch

    this! and hiked over a picnic table, goofyfoot first. Then she started navigating around curbs

    and stairs. Ty gave a little grunt of surprise. Andres eyes were popping out of his head. I have

    to admit, so were mine. Natalie had better freestyle moves than all three of us put together.

    I cleared my throat and said, You know, we have a little competition coming up in a

    week Andre added, and our team can have up to four members Ty stayed quiet the

    longest. Well, he said, She is new and all. Maybe we should just give her a try. So we did

    something that we never, ever thought wed do. We invited her to join our team. Her, as in a

    girl.

    You know what? She said, Sure. On the day of the meet, we are going to be so much

    better because she is on our team. I have to admit, weve already gotten better just trying to

    keep up with her. And by the way, there was something Ty forgot to mention about his cousin:

    Chris is short for Christine!

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    Comprehension Questions

    Chapter I

    1. The skate park in Newburyport, Massachusetts was built before 2001. True or false?

    A. True

    B. False2. Why did skaters stop using the shopping mall and playgrounds as places to skate?

    A. Store owners and parents were afraid that shoppers and small children could get

    hurt.

    B. The skaters were looking for places where they could practice more difficult

    skating moves.

    C. Store owners and parents were afraid that the skaters would hurt themselves.D. The town had removed the cement wall, slides, and seesaws that skaters liked to

    use.

    3. Who formed the group called Friends of the Newburyport Skatepark?

    A. store owners at the local mall

    B. parents of small children

    C. kids and parentsD. the town government

    4. How did the Friends group raise money to build a skate park? There can be more than

    one answer.

    A. A company in Oregon gave money.

    B. They had skating events.

    C. They held dinners, yard sales, and car washes.

    D. The owner of a local sports store gave money.

    5. The Friends group did not need the towns agreement to build the skate park. True or

    false?

    A. True

    B. False

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    Chapter II

    1. Skate parks were invented ________

    A. in the 1970s

    B. in the 1900s

    C. in 2004

    D. in the 1950s

    2. Skating in a bowl or on a fun box is called freestyle skating. True or false?

    A. True

    B. False

    3. What is an olie?

    A. A kind of skateboard

    B. A large cement pipe

    C. A skateboarding trick

    D. Part of a skate park

    4. Which of the following topics does the author NOT discuss in this article?

    A. The invention of the skateboard

    B. Skateboarding tricks

    C. Skate parks

    D. Safety equipment used by skateboarders

    5. Which sentence from the article is an opinion?

    A. Today, there are about 18.5 million skateboarders around the world.

    B. There are many skateboard moves.

    C. Some people think skateboarding is a new sport, but it really is not.

    D. Skateboarding is a lot of fun.

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    Chapter III

    1. What sport is shown in ancien t cave paintings?

    A. Archery

    B. Judo

    C. Karate

    D. Cuju

    2. According to the article, ancient peoples in both China and Africa played a game like

    _____

    A. Baseball

    B. Soccer

    C. Basketball

    D. Lacrosse

    3. Dr. James Naismith invented basketball because he wanted his students to get exercise

    during the winter. True or false?

    A. True

    B. False

    4. The sport of surfing was invented in California in the 1950s. True or false?

    A. True

    B. False

    5. According to the author, how are sports today similar to sports played in ancient times?

    A. The reasons why people play sports are the same today as they were in ancient

    times.

    B. The names of most sports are the same today as they were in ancient times.

    C. All sports today are based on games that were invented in ancient times.

    D. The rules of most sports are same today as they were in ancient times.

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    Chapter IV

    1. What friendly challenge does the narrators skateboarding team accept?

    A. A challenge to compete against all of the other skateboarding teams at school

    B. A challenge to compete in a national skateboarding tournament at Dunn Park

    C. A challenge to a freestyle competition against Natalie

    D. A challenge to compete against Chriss team

    2. In skateboarding, freestyle moves are moves performed in a half-pipe. True or false?

    A. True

    B. False

    3. Which word best describes how the boys feel when they see Natalie skateboard?

    A. Jealous

    B. upset

    C. Hopeful

    D. Amazed

    4. Which of the following characters is the last to join the narrators skateboarding team?

    A. Andre

    B. Natalie

    C. Chris

    D. Ty

    5. What is the surprise at the end of the story?

    A. Tys cousin has two names.

    B. The team gets better because Natalie has joined.

    C.

    Tys cousin Chris is a girl. D. Natalie agrees to join the skateboarding team.

    Comprehension Answer Key

    Chapter 1: B; A; C; B, C, D; B

    Chapter 2: A; B; C; D; D

    Chapter 3: A; B; A; B; A

    Chapter 4: D; B; D; B; C

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    Quiz

    1. Why is Newburyport a great place to grow up?

    A. Therere lots of things to do

    B. Theres a theatre

    C. Theres a beach for people to go

    D. Theres a circus

    2. What was the group formed by skateboarders called?

    A. The Skateboarders

    B. The Trendy Guys

    C. The Friends of the Newbury Skatepark

    D. The Park Builders

    3. What did they NOT do to raise money?

    A. Car washing

    B. Tutoring

    C. Yard sales

    D. Skating events

    4. When is Go Skateboarding Day?

    A. September 21 st

    B. August 21 st

    C. July 21 st

    D. June 21 st

    5. A freestyle skater uses a bowl and a fun box. True or false?

    A.

    TrueB. False

    6. When and where skateboarding did began?

    A. 1987 New York

    B. 1987 California

    C. 1950 Los Angeles

    D. 1950 California

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    7. What sport was the origin of skateboarding?

    A. Surfing

    B. Rollerblading

    C. Ice skating

    D. Wakeboarding

    8. What did people used to call skateboarding?

    A. Skating

    B. Sidewalk Surfing

    C. Surfing on land

    D. Flying Board

    9. What did people who wanted to surf before do?

    A. Sit and hope to go to the beach

    B. Buy a surf board and look at it.

    C. Buy a skateboard

    D. Pretend to surf at home

    10. From Question 9, why did people do that?

    A. They wanted to try new things

    B. They wanted to be cool

    C. They dont want to be old -fashioned people

    D. They want to have the feeling of surfing

    11. On what days do the boys go skateboarding?

    A. Fridays

    B. Saturdays

    C. Sundays

    D. Mondays

    12. From Question 11, they go skateboarding at Dunn Park. True or false?

    A. True

    B. False

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    13. Who wanted to compete with the boys?

    A. Kris

    B. Liz

    C. Ritz

    D. Chris

    14. What gender is Chris?

    A. Boy

    B. Girl

    15. Chris is short for __________.

    A. Christ

    B. Crystal

    C. Christine

    D. Kristopher

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    Quiz Answer Key

    1. A

    2. C

    3. B

    4. D

    5. B

    6. D

    7. A

    8. B

    9. C10. D

    11. A

    12. A

    13. D

    14. B

    15. C

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    By:

    Mataritta Saeteo (Yumee)

    Grade 8A

    ID: 4795