Sitting on exercise balls brings more than a smile to students and teachers.
Some fourth-graders at Conrad Weiser West Elementary School in Womelsdorf love their new chairs-—probably because they're not really chairs at all.
The kids are sitting on the air-filled balls. But different from those just for exercise, these have small legs that keep them from rolling. Sitting on a chair all day in school can make anyone want to move around. So, more and more teachers are letting students have a ball. By using exercise balls instead of common chairs, teachers find students' posture(
) and attention improved.
Dotti Pownall, a fifth-grader teacher in West Virginia, has been using balls as chairs since December 2008. "The students love them." she says. Pownall took a survey of her students. She found that 80 percent, thought sitting on the balls helped them concentrate(
"Besides, they’re fun," says Pownall.
According to WittFitt, a company that has sold balls to more than 200 schools, they can improve kids' posture and classroom behavior.
Exercise ball chairs are getting popular in classrooms, from preschool to college. Some adults
even use them at work.
Lisa Witt felt so strongly about the use of balls as chairs that she started WittFitt. She said the company not only encourages the use of balls but also educates teachers and students on how to use them. "We sell balls in 24 states in America, three provinces in Canada and Japan." says Witt.
1、Sitting on exercise balls can______.
A improve students' attention
Bmake students smarter
Ckeep students moving around
help students become fit
2、According to the passage, the company WittFitt______.
Abegan to produce balls in 2008
Bsells balls in 24 countries
C was set up by Lisa Witt
D is famous around the world
3、It can be seen from the passage that ______.
Aexercise balls have no legs
BPownall works as a teacher
Cstudents hate exercise balls
exercise balls are filled with sand
4、The passage mainly tells us about______.
A the shape of exercise balls
the use of exercise balls
C the number of exercise balls
Dthe inventor of exercise balls
Susan, the U.S.
My best friend is Fanny. She is clever and interesting. We always look after each other. The first week we meet, I got sick and she looked after me every day.
My best friend is Ana. She is honest and serious. We were born in the same city in England. Then I moved to America with my family. I thought I would never see Ana again. When I went to college in New York, Ana and I shared the same room!
I love to spend time with Daisuke because he is funny and smart. We enjoy talking about the funny things we did when we were children, and tell the same stupid jokes over and over again.
Linda is a very confident girl and she is really kind. Some people may wonder why Linda and I are best friends because we are totally different, hut I think this is why we are such good friends.
1、Who is Susan's best friend?
2、Where is Ken from?
3、What is Linda like?
Confident and kind
Funny and smart.
Honest and serious.
Clever and interesting,
There has been a lot of rain in California recently. Villagers and leaders there begin to be worried because they have found two birds died from a disease, West Nile Virus(
West Nile Virus is carried by mosquitoes(
) are just like the flu. However, it can cause dangerous brain problems. When it rains a lot, it will leave a lot of water in ponds and trees. These places are good for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in the water. Warm weather will help the mosquito eggs to develop and then the number is increasing. Birds eat the mosquitoes and get sick. People can get the disease if they are bitten
by mosquitoes with West Nile Virus.
The government is trying its best to stop the spread of West Nile Virus. People are asked to wear long sleeves(长袖)and pants, close their windows and shut the doors. At the same time, workers have been sent out to check the wet areas. If they find mosquitoes they will use some special medicine to kill them.
1、Why did the two birds die?
A They died from West Nile Virus
BThey could not get enough food
CThe villagers killed them
2、From the passage we know West Nile Virus is carried by ______
3、People will get the disease if ______.
Athey get wet in rainy days
Bthey are bitten by any mosquito
Cthey are bitten by mosquitoes with West Nile Virus
4、People are asked to wear long sleeves and pants in order to ¬¬______
A keep warm
Bcheck the wet areas
Cavoid being bitten by mosquitoes
There have been many great inventions or things that changed the way we live. The first great invention was the one that is still very important today——the wheel. This made it easier to carry heavy things and to travel long distance.
For hundreds of years after that there were few inventions that as much effect as the wheel. Then in the early 1800s the world started to change. There was little unknown land left in the world. People didn’t have to explore much any more. They began to work instead to make life better.
In the second half of the 19th century many great inventions were made. Among them were the camera, the light and the radio. These all play a big part in our daily life today.
The first part of the 20th century saw more great inventions. The helicopter in 1909, movies with sound in 1926, the computer in 1928, jet planes in 1930. This was also a time when a new material was first made. Nylon came out in 1935. It changed the kind of clothes people wore.
The middle part of the 20th century brought new ways to help people get over diseases. They worked very well. They made people healthier and allowed them to live longer. By the 1960s most people could expect to live to be at least 60.
By this time most people in developed countries had a very good life. Of course new inventions continued to be made. But man now had a desire to explore again. The earth was known to man but the stars were not. Man began looking for ways to go into space. Russia made the first step. Then United States took a step. Since then other countries, including China and Japan, have made their own steps into space.
In 1969 man took his biggest step away from earth. Americans first walked on the moon. This is certainly just a beginning, though. New inventions will some day allow us to do things we have never yet dreamed of.
1、This passage talks mainly about
why cars were very important
when light was invented
how inventions affect people’s daily life
which country made the first step into space
2、According to the passage man didn’t have a desire to explore a lot .
at the beginning of 1800s
in the 1960s
since the 1900s
from the 1800s to 1960s
3、In the 1800s, people began to work in order to make
their life better
a trip to space
4、Nylon came out of five years later than .
5、People can live longer lives because that help cure diseases have worked very well.