Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Olympic Cross-Country Skiing

Olympic Cross-Country Skiing
Print Olympic Cross-Country Skiing Reading Comprehension with Fourth Grade Work

Print Olympic Cross-Country Skiing Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print Olympic Cross-Country Skiing Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.55

     challenging words:    finishers, pistes, polyurethane, semifinalists, single-elimination, wood-like, fiberglass, classic, binding, since, sprint, original, equipment, meters, cross-country, classical
     content words:    Lake Placid, New York, Bill Koch, United States

Other Languages
     French: Le Ski de Fond Olympique
     Spanish: El Esquí a Campo Traviesa
     Italian: Lo sci di fondo olimpico
     German: Olympischer Langlauf

Olympic Cross-Country Skiing
By Trista L. Pollard

1     Since early times, people have traveled on ice and snow. The earliest skis found in Scandinavia were about 4,500 years old! People have used skis for transportation and work. Cross-country skiing or XC skiing was used by people to travel across large areas of snow. Even explorers used this type of Nordic skiing as transportation. The Scandinavian army still trains their soldiers in XC skiing.
2     Some of the original materials used for equipment were wood and bamboo. The skis were made from wood, and the poles were bamboo with leather straps. People wore leather boots that had thick soles. The bindings on the skis were usually twisted wood-like thread. This binding was called a Kandahar binding. The binding attached to the front and back of the skier's boot.
3     Today, cross-country skis are made from plastics, polyurethane foam, and other materials. Even the bindings are different. The skier's boot only attaches to the binding at the toe. The heel of the boot is free to move up and down. This is called a Nordic ski. These skis are long and thin. They usually measure two meters long, 5 centimeters wide, and 4 centimeters thick. The skier's poles are made from aluminum or fiberglass. The lighter the pole, the more money the poles cost.

Paragraphs 4 to 7:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Feedback on Olympic Cross-Country Skiing
Leave your feedback on Olympic Cross-Country Skiing   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Copyright © 2018 edHelper