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A Sport with an Unusual Name! Curling
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.92

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     challenging words:    advantageous, circumference, lochs, planet-a, prior, sleekly-polished, fondly, courtesy, strategy, founded, focus, equipment, legend, sport, gorgeous, unknown
     content words:    Henry Adamson, North America, Royal Montreal Curling Club, Winter Olympics, Potomac Curling Club, Canadian Sandra Schmirler


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A Sport with an Unusual Name! Curling
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Curling sounds like a perfect hairdresser's sport! Imagine expert stylists quickly designing gorgeous hairstyles at breakneck speeds. However, curling has nothing to do with hair. It is a winter sport that uses stones on an icy playing surface.
 
2     Curling is played between two teams, and each team has four "curlers" on it. The members of the teams can consist of either all men or all women, or a combination. A team with two men and two women on it is called a mixed team. The goal of curling is to push a stone on ice into a scoring area. The scoring area looks like a large target with a white dot in the center. This dot is called the button. The button is surrounded by red, white, and blue bands.
 
3     The players have special clothing and equipment. They wear special curling shoes. They use a curling stone for their sport. The stone looks like a flattened ball with a handle on top. It weighs 42 pounds and measures up to thirty-six inches in circumference. The curlers use the handle to push the stone over the ice and then release it. The stone then slides into the scoring area. Official curling stones are made from a type of Scottish granite. These stones might be the most expensive rocks on the planet-a new one can cost $1,000.00!

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