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Play Ball! Encouraging Critical Thinking Through Baseball Questions

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 14

Ernest Thayer, author of the famous poem "Casey at the Bat," was born in 1863.

In small groups or individually, students make baseball cards for the players in the poem "Casey at the Bat." Students can use a word processor or the Character Trading Cards interactive to create their cards.

 

Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 6

James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, was born in 1861.

Students look at Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball and write about the rules and how they have changed in small groups.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31

Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.

Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

This resource shows how to use television, movies, video games, music, magazines, and other media to motivate students and enhance literacy learning.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   5 – 10  |  Activity & Project

Play Ball! Read and Write Sports Trivia

Look at different online baseball trivia questions to see how they are written. Then have children write their own questions and play a trivia game.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

'Tis the season...for baseball! Engage your sports fans with these books about America's favorite pastime.

 

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