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How can baseball fever be used to engage students in the learning process?



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Diana Dell

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Introduction

Has an epidemic of baseball fever struck in your classroom? Don’t drop the ball on this wonderful opportunity to engage students in learning. This collection of technology-rich resources and activities will hit a homerun with students while keeping your classroom a GLE-ful place!

Cross-Curricular WebQuests
    •Play Ball WebQuest
"Surf the Net" to find out more in-depth information on professional baseball parks. The purpose is to use research, language arts, math, and problem solving skills to compare various stadiums."
    •Baseball WebQuest
This WebQuest is divided into four subject areas. You can choose any one of the four "pitches" to access a subject area. For example, the "Curve" pitch will take you to activities related to History.
    •Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Congratulations, you and your business partner's application for a new baseball club has been tentatively approved by the commissioner of Major League Baseball . The commissioner has set several provisions you must meet in order to gain final approval on your application to begin play in the upcoming season.
    •Maniac Magee - Baseball, Bullies, and Growing Up
Every student will be shown what it might have been like to be Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee. So on your mark, get set, and get ready and go! The first one to reach the goal with the required results will receive the special Maniac Magee Reward Ribbon.
    •How Much Does a Winning Team Cost?
A WebQuest for Algebra I. In Major League Baseball the players are paid millions of dollars; much of a teams payroll seems to reflect the size of the city in which they call home. In other words their "market" or fan base will delegate how much money they can spend, or so it seems that way. Does this always result in the number of wins a team will have?
Economics
    • Peanuts & Crackerjacks
Peanuts & Crackerjacks is the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's interactive baseball game that tests your knowledge of economics and pro sports trivia. Not a sports fan? No problem! Sports are the hook, but Peanuts & Crackerjacks is really about using economics to gain a better understanding of everyday life.
History
    •Baseball History Timeline
Excel can be used for more than just tables of data and creating graphs. Excel can be used to create timelines. In this activity, you will research the history of baseball and select 10 major events in the history of baseball. You will use Excel to to create a timeline displaying these events.
Integration Ideas
    •Dr. Woolard's Baseball Activities
This page has many ideas and web resources for integrating baseball into every subject area.
    •Baseball Reference
Major League Baseball statistics and history that can provide data for many projects.
    •An Introduction to Sabermetrics (High School)
Sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records.
Math
    •Addition Baseball Games (Grades 2-4)
Practice addition of 1 and 2 digit numbers with these one and two player interactive baseball games.
    •Subtraction Baseball Games (Grades 2-4)
Practice subtraction of 1 and 2 digit numbers with these one and two player interactive baseball games.
    •Multiplication Baseball Games (Grades 2-5)
Practice multiplication of 1 and 2 digit numbers with these one and two player interactive baseball games.
    •Division Baseball Games (Grades 3-6)
Practice division of 1 and 2 digit numbers with these one and two player interactive baseball games.
    •Fraction Baseball Games (Grades 4 - 8)
Practice adding, subracting, multiplying and dividing fractions with these one and two player interactive baseball games.
    •Geometry Baseball Games (Grade 4 - 8)
Learn about lines, angles, triangles, polygons, area, perimeter, circumference, and transformation with these interactive baseball games.
    •Mixed Practice Baseball Games (Grades 2 - 8)
Practice addition, subtraction, mulitiplication, and division. Test your reaction time and solve some baseball word problems.
    •Sports Math
Math lessons that relate to sports.
Poetry
    •Diamante Poem
A diamante is a poem in the shape of a diamond.... a baseball diamond of course. See examples of diamante poems.
    •Diamante Poem Interactive Form
Use this form to instantly create a diamond shaped poem about a topic related to baseball.
    •A Printable Diamante Form
Write a poem about baseball. Under the lines are directions to follow. Think carefully, and pick your words wisely. Your poem will be a homerun!
Science
    •The Science of Baseball
Exhibits, articles, and activities that relate to the science behind the game of baseball.
Who's On First?
    •Who’s On First?
Here's the script of the famous Abbott and Costello skit. Great for Reader's Theatre.
    •Who's on Force?
Watch this video for a Star Wars twist on the famous skit.
Working with Words
    •Baseball Word Fun
Find interactive crosswords, wordsearches, jumbles, and jokes and riddles about baseball.
    •Word Puzzles from Baseball Almanac
Improve your baseball vocabulary. Choose from more than 50 word puzzles about baseball.

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