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Team sports are quite social; they involve following rules, playing cooperatively, communication, taking turns, and interpersonal relations. Introduce your special education class to the all-American sport of baseball. They learn about the game, practice content-specific vocabulary, watch a cartoon about baseball, discuss social skills, and if time permits, play the game.
Students explore the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Using internet research, they gather information concerning the formation of the Girls Professional League as well as the social requirements placed on each player. Students answer questions based on their research.
This is a wonderful exercise for learners to apply their critical thinking skills along with their knowledge of quadratic functions and parabolas. Young mathematicians investigate a real-world scenario about the height a baseball reaches when it is thrown. They compare two different representations, a graph and an equation, of the height as a function of time. Answering the three questions the activity poses requires finding the vertex and roots of a quadratic equation using a method of choice and interpreting the solutions within the context of the problem. The exercise can be used for assessment or practice.
Young scholars explore American history through films about baseball. For this film study lesson, students watch video clips from "The Babe," "A League of Their Own," "Eight Men Out," "The Jackie Robinson Story," and "Field of Dreams." Young scholars then use the provided film analysis sheet to log their impressions of the films and discuss American history topics.
Fifth graders prepare eight questions about the topic they are studying. In this board baseball review lesson plan game, questions are rated from easy to difficult and haw many bases students receive. The students are grouped in two teams and answer questions and move through the bases on the board.
Students explore English by completing a baseball style activity in class. In this word sound activity, students discuss the sound a "d" makes and identify different words that start with that sound. Students play a game of vocabulary baseball by pronouncing words correctly and traveling the "bases" in two separate teams.
Here is a resource that demonstrates growth and the initial state of an equation. In this case, your class will be looking at baseball collections. How many baseball cards did the collector start out with, and how many were added or subtracted each year? You could expand the resource by having your collectors come up with questions for the class. For example, which equation shows an increase of 100 baseball cards per year? You also could ask the class to think of other things that might have an initial state and grow each year.
Pupils investigate the chronicles of history about the Negro Leagues baseball by using rare historical footage and interviews with Black baseball greats. Students also examine how to work in groups to use online resources to reinforce information studied from the video "There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace."
You have been hired by a local newspaper to analyze the salaries for baseball players. How would you describe the data including the shape, center, and spread in the context of the problem? Interpret the differences including possible effects of outliers. Included in the lesson are facilitator notes, follow-up questions, and solutions.