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Batter Up! Telling Sports Stories With Trading Cards
- Familiarize yourself with the Trading Card Creator or Trading Cards mobile app.
- Before you read The Unforgettable Season, you might want to talk with the child about how real people can be thought of as characters in their own stories.
- Read the picture book together aloud.
- After reading, page through the book again. Ask the child about the basics of DiMaggio’s story and Williams’s story. Where did they live? What were some of the significant events of their lives? Who did they interact with, and why were those interactions so memorable?
- Open the Trading Card Creator. The tool will ask the child’s first name and then ask for the topic. For the first card, choose Joe DiMaggio as the topic.
- Next, select the “Real Person” button. Thinking back to the book you just read, help the child begin answering the questions about DiMaggio. They’ll cover DiMaggio’s background, major events, developments, memorable interactions, and personal impressions. (You may have to help the child define these. Use the book as a reference.) Finally, you can upload a digital photo of DiMaggio, if you can find one on the Internet.
- Save the DiMaggio card and repeat the process to create a card for Williams.
- Save the second card and print both cards.
Find other books about sports, like The Soccer Fence. Find The Soccer Fence at your local library or online at www.wegivebooks.org. Create a free account by clicking "Join" at the top of the homepage. Once logged in, click "Read" in the top header and then search for the title you'd like to read online, The Soccer Fence.
- Read a short biography of a present-day athlete and redo the Trading Card Creator activity. After completing the card, talk about how the struggles and goals of DiMaggio and Williams are different than and similar to the current athlete’s.
- Ask the child to dream up a character who is an athlete. Run through the Fictional Character questions in the Trading Card Creator. Use this as a prewriting exercise to help the child prepare to write a story about this character.
- Take this idea on the road: Who is the child’s favorite athlete? Ask the child to tell you a simple story about one of the athlete’s accomplishments or disappointments. You could even focus on a single game or competition. What was the athlete’s goal? How did it turn out?
A person, animal, or object represented in a story or play.
To think both logically and creatively about a topic using different kinds of information. When people think critically, they not only attend to new words and ideas, but they also connect these words and ideas with the things they already know.