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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