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Sports Balls
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.31

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     challenging words:    billiards, oblong, odd-sounding, paddle-shaped, pickle-ball, pigskin, tetherball, wiffle, batting, puck, paddle, driveway, bowling, racquet, hollow, indoor
     content words:    One American


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Sports Balls
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Soccer balls are for kicking. Baseballs are for batting. Basketballs are for bouncing. Bowling balls are for rolling. Have you ever thought about all the sports that involve balls? There are at least twenty-five!
 
2     Let's see if you can guess the following sports.

        1. One American sport played mostly in the fall involves kicking an oblong ball that is sometimes called a "pigskin." What is it?

2. This sport involves a small hard ball that is hit with a club. The goal is to send the ball toward a small hole in the ground. What is it?

3. This sport involves a larger ball. It is attached to a tall pole and hangs by a cord. Players use their fists to hit the ball and send it flying in a circle. What is it?

4. This sport involves a set of colored balls on a table. The table has six pockets. The white ball is hit with a cue stick. The white ball hits the other balls, causing them to move. The goal is to cause the balls to drop into the pockets. What is it?

 
3     Have you ever heard of pickleball? No, the ball doesn't look like a dill pickle. It looks a lot like a wiffle ball; it's hollow and covered with holes. The game was invented in the 1960s. It is similar to badminton, but it is played with a paddle rather than a racket. It can be played either indoors or outside using a net similar to a tennis net.

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