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    12A | WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019 | COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL
© 2019 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 35, No. 21
History of Ping-Pong
Draw
yourself
playing
Ping-Pong.
In the 1800s in England, the winter weather made it hard
to play sports like tennis outside. People invented an indoor
game for wintertime fun. The game was such a hit, that
soon people were playing it year-round.
Ping-Pong paddles come in an
endless assortment of colors
and patterns. Look carefully at
the Ping-Pong paddles below.
All of them, except one, have
an exact duplicate. Can you
circle the unique paddle?
What is Ping-Pong?
Ping-Pong is a tennis game played on a table with
a small ball and small paddles. Use the code to
find out another name for this game.
T
he First
F
The
Ping-Pong
Balls
P ing-P
= A
= B
= E
= I
The first Ping-Pong balls
were made
mad of different
materials. Sometimes they
materials
were made of rubber,
we
string and even old
champagne corks.
In 1901, the
Englishman called
James Gibb
discovered that balls
made
m of celluloid
b
worked better.
Today, most
balls are made of a plastic that
is very much
like celluloid.
m
= L
= N
= S
= T
Light and
d Bounc
Bouncy
cy
The official rules of Ping-Pong
state
P
t t that
th t the
th ball
b ll
shall be: spherical, with a diameter of 1.6 inches
(40 mm) and weigh 0.1 ounces (2.7 grams) and
be made of celluloid or similar plastic material.
Which of these items weigh about the same as a
Ping-Pong ball?
two
thumbtacks
Amazing Ping-Pong Records & Firsts
Do the math under each of these statements to see if they are true or false.
If the answer is an even number, that statement is true. Odd numbers are false.
The first world
championship table
tennis games were
held in London
in 1926.
In 1988, table tennis
was first played
in the Summer
Olympics in Seoul,
South Korea.
15 + 9 =
three small
jellybeans
two large
paper clips
18 + 4 =
The official record for the
fastest Ping-Pong ball hit
is 72.08 miles per hour
(116 kph), set by Lukasz
Budner in Poland in 2016.
25 + 7 =
The World Record for the longest Ping-Pong rally is 8 hours, 40 minutes
and 5 seconds set in 2014 in London. 23 + 5 =
ANSWER: All of them.
Why is it called Ping-Pong?
Ping-Pong is an onomatopoeia, or a word that sounds like the sound it describes. Ping and pong
are the sounds the ball makes when it is hit by a paddle and bounces on the table.
That Sounds
Good
Look through the
newspaper for
examples of
words that are an
onomatopoeia.
Remember how to spell onomatopoeia by finding each of
the letters in the word in the newspaper. Cut out the letters
and glue them below to spell onomatopoeia.
Standards Link: Research:
Use the newspaper to locate
information.
PONG!
Standards Link: Visual descrimination.
Who Won the Ping-Pong Games?
In Ping-Pong, the first player to reach 11 points wins that game
as long as they are two points ahead of the opponent when they
get 11 points. If not, the game keeps going until a player has 11
points or more and is ahead by two points.
Circle the scores that are winning scores in Ping-Pong.
Player One Player Two
Which player won the most games?
Standards Link: Math/Number Sense: Calculate sums and differences.
SPHERICAL
CELLULOID
OLYMPICS
PADDLES
PLASTIC
SUMMER
TENNIS
SOUND
SMALL
TABLE
TODAY
GAME
BALL
PING
PONG
Find the words in the puzzle.
How many of them can you
find on this page?
L G S P L A S T I C
A W N U I L L A M S
This week’s word:
C N T O M E E B S I
SPHERICAL
I S C I P M Y L O N
The adjective spherical
describes a round object
shaped so every point on
the surface is an equal
distance from the center.
R R T I A G E E U N
E M E G B G N R N E
H T O D A Y A I D T
P M S E L D D A P E
S C E L L U L O I D
Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical
words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.
The orange was
perfectly spherical.
Try to use the word
spherical in a sentence
today when talking with
your friends and family.
Sports News
Read the sports pages of the newspaper
and imagine you are one of the sports stars
being interviewed. Now write a paragraph
as if you were that sports star and describe
the game, your performance and the result.
ANSWER: They don’t like getting close to the net.
Standards Link: Writing Application: Write in a variety of forms and genres.
Imagine you are a
professional athlete. Write
a paragraph about a career
highlight moment.
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