Roberto Clemente Teacher Resources
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Have your class explore the life of Roberto Clemente using this lesson. After reading the story Roberto Clemente by Jonah Winter, learners answer cause and effect questions, classify ideas, make comparisons, and write a news article.
While reading a book about Roberto Clemente, learners discuss a variety of questions about what they have learned. This novel could be used to spur a discussion about diversity and/or the effect one person's actions can have on a community.
Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends
Students explore Latin America by researching the favorite past time, baseball. In this Latin culture lesson, students identify the leaders in the Latin American baseball movement such as Felipe Alou, Jose Mendze, and the great Roberto Clemente. Students practice using baseball vocabulary terms and answer study questions based on the book they are assigned to read.
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about Roberto Clemente and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
Baseball Vocabulary Game: ESL Beginners
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.
Roberto Clemente: August 18, 1934
In this writing prompt worksheet, students learn the date August 18, 1934 as the birthday of baseball player Roberto Clemente. Students then answer the prompt: 'Baseball is considered America's pastime. When you are outside of school, what is your favorite pastime and why?'
Who’s on First? Cultural Heritage
Students explore their own heritage as they learn more about Roger Clemente. In this social studies and music lesson plan, students study cultural heritage through a study of Puerto Rican music and instruments.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a passage entitled: "Roberto Clemente" and answer 5 multiple choice questions about the passage.
Students explore tough questions in a fishbowl discussion about the economic and social barriers to playing certain sports. They synthesize their knowledge by writing dialogues illustrating some of the barriers some famous athletes might have faced.
Art Through the Eyes of Youth
Students take a field trip to an art gallery reflecting on the paintings they like the most. Individually, they use magazines to find pictures related to their personality. In pairs, they make a mask to represent their ethnic group and discuss the purposes of African masks. To end the lesson, they make pinatas out of various materials to celebrate.
Baseball: The Tenth Inning
The intent of this resource is to explore Latin American accomplishments in baseball, recognizing the changes in demographics of players over the last century. Social studies classes begin with a discussion and brainstorm surrounding African American baseball players' struggle for acceptance in the major leagues. Then they work in small groups to record notes after viewing several video clips. The main activity involves researching and collaborating on a multi-media museum exhibit on a particular Latin American player who was born outside of the US. Groups use a graphic organizer to help them plan and create this exhibit. A rubric and the handouts are provided, as well as related websites. Suggestion: to strengthen this lesson plan, consider expanding the focus to immigrant contributions beyond professional sports, for example, civic leaders, scientists, activists, etc. Additionally, many of the standards listed for this resource are only loosely addressed.
Jacob Lawrence's Freedom Trail
Students read excerpts of autobiographies from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. After listening to excerpts of an oral reading of Frederick Douglass' book, they discuss the ways African Americans were treated on plantations. Individually, they compare and contrast their own lives to Douglass and view slides of Lawrence's paintings. To end the lesson, they identify the route of the Freedom Trail and role-play master and slave relationships.
An Introduction to the Marine Environment and Geology of City Point: A Model for Experiential Teaching
Students begin the lesson by researching the history of City Point, Connecticut. Using a map, they color areas they were asked to find and discuss why the areas are important to the community. As a class, they are shown recent slides of City Point and in groups compare them with older photographs. They end the lesson by discovering how tides are generated and affected by the moon.
Comparing and Ordering Larger Numbers
Here's a terrific presentation comparing and ordering numbers that uses real baseball statistics to help learners get a grasp on the larger numbers. There's nothing like baseball stats to help a youngster crunch some numbers! The numbers go a high as the ten thousands place value. Feedback is given after each sample problem on the next slide. A very good PowerPoint!
Hispanic Heritage Month
Designed specifically for beginning Spanish speakers (as the text is all in English), this two-page document encourages your class to consider culture, those with Hispanic heritage, and several well-known Hispanic Americans. What a great springboard into a research opportunity. The answers are not included, and it is clear that specific words are required for each fill in the blank offered.
The Best of the Best
Students participate in a discussion about the definition of the word 'hero'. They research baseball players and managers and then engage in a formal debate about the merits of their subjects.
What Makes a Hero?
Here is a well-designed lesson plan inviting learners to consider the qualities of a hero. They describe the lives and deeds of national, state, and/or local heroes. This is a thoughtful lesson plan, which is part of a sequential group on heroes. Excellent web links are provided too!
Students are introduced to Mexico's culture, people, language and celebration of traditions. They develop their own Cultural Report Slide Show and are encouraged to do several activities on this topic.
Joy and Pain
Students identify emotions that are expressed at sporting events. They read an article about the death of Cory Lidle and collect photographs that have a strong emotion attached to them. They write short stories that are connected to the photographs.
Sports Heroes and Private Action for the Common Good
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports heroes. They discuss National Philanthropy Day and ways to celebrate it. Extend this instructional activity into a research paper which requires middle schoolers to use textual evidence to support their arguments.