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Bowling
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.67

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     challenging words:    creeper, knocked-down, pinsetters, pinspotters, re-set, interesting, otherwise, bowler, misses, grip, however, triangle, frame, gutter, polished, goal


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Bowling
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     You pull on two-color shoes that many other people have worn before you. You tie the laces tight and stand up. You choose a heavy ball with three holes in it. One is for your thumb, and the other two are for two fingers. Even though you hold the ball in both hands, the holes help you keep your grip. Next, you face a long, smooth lane of polished wood. If you are very young, the lane will have bumpers on each side. Otherwise, there are gutters on each side. At a line on the floor, you stop and send your ball rolling quickly toward a triangle of ten pins at the end of the lane. If you hear a crash as the ball knocks over any pins, you and your friends will jump and shout. If the ball misses the pins, you all will groan. You are bowling!
 
2     Bowling is a very old sport. It began in ancient Egypt. Bowlers in Germany around 400 AD played it as a religious ritual. However, the rules for our kind of bowling were set down in September 1895. The game is played by teams. Each player is called a bowler. They bowl in what are called frames. The goal is to knock down all ten pins. Each bowler gets two attempts to knock down all the pins in one frame. When a frame is finished, the pins are set up again. There are ten frames all together. The team with the most points for knocked-down pins is the winner.

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