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Andrea's Fins
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.06

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     challenging words:    podium, demonstration, repeated, glorious, earth, allow, scuba, such, feeling, become, side, movement, club, perhaps, sport, part


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Andrea's Fins
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Andrea sat on the side of the pool and dangled her feet in the water. She picked up one of the swim fins from the deck next to her and dipped the foot part in the water. Then she pulled it over her first slippery foot. Then she repeated it with the other fin and foot.
 
2     With one quick movement, she slipped down into the water.
 
3     "Whoo," she gasped. The water didn't feel that cold on her feet. As she moved about, she soon felt warmer.
 
4     Andrea gave three strong kicks and smiled as she felt the water rush by. The fins helped her to move much faster. It felt wonderful.
 
5     "Andrea!" called Dad from the side of the pool. "You forgot your mask."
 
6     Two hard kicks brought the girl back to the pool side.
 
7     "Thanks, Dad," said Andrea as she grasped the mask. "I was just starting to miss this."
 
8     She smiled and waved the scuba mask before she pulled it on over her face. Andrea gave a quick push off from the side of the pool, and she dove down to the bottom. She twisted and rolled through the water.
 
9     Staying down until she was almost gasping for air, she surfaced near the far side of the pool. Filling her lungs with air once more, Andrea dove again. This time she kept her fins together and swam like a dolphin. Such a glorious feeling!

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