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Why Do We Shiver?

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Why Do We Shiver?
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.52

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    involuntary, cooler, reflex, spinal, shivers, working, shivering, order, cord, quickly, like, sense, quick, skin, send, begin

Other Languages
     Spanish: ¿Por qué tiritamos?


Why Do We Shiver?
By Erin Horner
  

1     I like to take a bath. I like the way the warm water feels on my skin. I do not like to get out of the bathtub. When I get out of the bathtub, I get really cold. Sometimes I am so cold that my teeth begin chattering, and I start to shiver. Why do we shiver when we are cold? Shivering is a reflex. Like all reflexes, shivering is involuntary. We don't have to think about a reflex in order to make it happen. When the air around us suddenly becomes cooler, the nerves in our skin sense that we are cold. These nerves then send messengers. They race to our spinal cord and brain. The brain sends messengers back that race throughout our bodies. These marvelous messengers tell all of our muscles to .....
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