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Young scholars explore English by completing a baseball style activity in class. In this word sound lesson, students discuss the sound a "d" makes and identify different words that start with that sound. Young scholars play a game of vocabulary baseball by pronouncing words correctly and traveling the "bases" in two separate teams.
An engaging game of Compound Word Baseball is presented in this literacy lesson. Young readers generate the second part of a compound word when shown the first part on an index card. Students form two teams and move around baseball "bases" in the classroom as they complete each compound word.
Create museum exhibits to educate other class members on baseball greats. Reviewing the history of baseball in America is a great opportunity to discuss prejudice. This lesson plan is well thought out, uses video clips to engage learners, and relies on Internet research and group work. All worksheets are included, and a list of online resources is also provided. Thorough work here!
The most valuable part of this lesson is the instructions to "Vocabulary Baseball," which can be applied to any vocabulary or key terms list. The game uses word boxes and the autobiography of Roberto Clemente, which the lesson describes as "a biography on the internet" but isn't available within the activity. A SMARTboard file enables multimedia use for the game, but isn't necessary for game play. This could be used as an ELD lesson for all skill levels.
Students act as historians by, first, reading and analyzing oral histories of professional baseball players to become familiar with baseball figures. Then, they proceed to interview family members, relatives, or neighbors who have attended baseball games in the past. Students share their recorded interviews with the entire class.
Student increase their reading fluency and expressiveness through the use of various strategies. After reviewing crosschecking, decoding, and rereading, students complete an initial read of a novel text. Working with a partner, they read complete a timed assessment of their words read per minute and record their progress.