Illustration of three teenagers rollerblading. Text reads: Statistics

Illustrations by Rafael Alvarez


CCSS: 6.SPB.5, 7.SP.A.2, MP1, MP3, MP5

TEKS: 6.12C, 612.D, 7.6G, 7.12B

Let’s Roll!

Have you laced up your skates and hit the pavement recently? If so, you’re not alone. A quirky pastime since its invention in the late 1700s, roller-skating’s popularity had been on a slow rise for the past decade. But when the pandemic disrupted people’s normal routines in 2020, roller skaters began taking over streets and skate parks. Nearly overnight, skates of all kinds
were selling out worldwide.

It’s easy to understand why: Roller-skating is the ultimate pandemic-era sport. The current “roller revival” gave skaters of every age the ability to exercise, get fresh air, and make new friends—all while staying a safe distance apart.

“The coolest part was the community connection a lot of roller skaters [started] making,” says Olive Kaplan of Pigeon’s Roller Skate Shop in Long Beach, California. “Folks were able to explore the multitude of ways they could roller skate, from jam skating to skating at the skate park to roller derby.” (Jam skating combines dancing, gymnastics, and roller-skating.)

As notable as roller-skating’s popularity was during 2020, though, it’s nothing new for the sport’s history. From America’s quad skate craze in the 1850s to Britain’s “rinkomania” in the 1910s to the roller disco fad of the 1970s, roller-skating has always been ready for its next resurgence. The only difference now? You get to join in the fun!

Answer the following questions using the information in the timeline and graphs. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

In which year were in-line skates first sold in stores?

A. 1760

B. 1913

C. 1979

D. 1983

How many calories does a 125-pound person burn in 30 minutes of roller-skating?

A. 107

B. 311

C. 461

D. 523

With which age group is roller-skating most popular?

A. 40 bpm

B. 50 bpm

C. 80 bpm

D. 110 bpm

In approximately which year did a person’s life expectancy first surpass 60 years old?

A. 6-12

B. 13-17

C. 18-24

D. 25-34

About how many people ages 13-17 roller-skated one or more times in 2020?

A. 528,800

B. 727,100

C. 925,400

D. 2,247,400

For how many years have Rollerblades been sold?

A. 25

B. 33

C. 36

D. 39

About how many more people under 25 roller-skated in 2020 than people 25 and over?

About how many more calories will a 185-pound person burn roller-skating than playing wheelchair basketball for 2 hours?

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