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Printable Lesson Plans

Theme: Baseball

Introduction: April is the advent of spring in Chicagoland, but this month also marks the beginning of Major League Baseball season. Whether you are a Cubs fan or not, you are invited to use this lesson to learn more about this pasttime. The lesson is written for both teachers of elementary and middle school students. It can be used in a private school, public school, or a homeschooling setting.

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Pre-Reading Activity: Go to:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/alltime/worldseries

Print out the list of World Series winners since the beginning of Major League baseball. Ask students what team in the American League has the most and fewest World Series championships. Ask what team in the National League has the most and fewest wins.

Ask if this is a reliable predictor of who will win the next championship. Make predictions about who will win the World Series this year. Tally how many students think it will be an American League team and how many think it will be a National League team. Schedule a day to watch a game on television or watch a local little league game.

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Reading Activity:

Select a book or books from your classroom, school, or local library that relate to baseball. Below is a list of books with a reading level. You may also want to use articles from Sports Illustrated for Kids or from the internet. In the next section are links to articles related to baseball on the internet.

Books Fiction/
Non-Fiction Author Advertised
Reading Level

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The Baseball Birthday Party F Anabelle Prager G1-3
Young Cam Jansen and the Baseball Mystery F David A. Adler Ages 4-8
The Littlest Leaguer F Syd Hoff Ages 4-8
A Batboy’s Day NF James Buckley Jr. G2-3
The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth NF Jean L.S. Patrick G2-3
All Star Fever F Matt Christopher Ages 7-9
Baseball NF Mike Kennedy G3-5
Centerfield Ballhawk F Matt Christopher Ages 7-9
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way NF Peter Golen Boch Ages 6-9
Close Call F Todd Strasser Ages 8-12
Rookie of the Year F John Tunis Ages 8 and up
The Story of Baseball F Lawrence S. Ritter Ages 10 and up
Sluggers: 27 of Baseball’s Greatest F George Sullivan Ages 10 and up

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Links to Information About Baseball

http://www.mlb.com/mlb/kids/
I interviews, fun facts, and more related to Major Leagure Baseball

http://www.squidoo.com/baseballtrivia
Trivia game, printable trivia questions with answers, and historical timeline of Major League Baseball

http://baseball-almanac.com/
The site claims to have over three-hundred thousand pages of information. If you want to find a little something for everyone, this may be the place to start

http://www.mlb.com/mlb/kids/mail_call.jsp
Are you interested in writing to your favorite player? This link will lead you to the addresses of different ballparks. Write a letter to your favorite Major League Baseball player today. Use this template.

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Post-Reading Activities

RIGHT-CLICK HERE and choose “save target as” to download the free printable PDF file of the story maps, reporters page and blank, baseball-themed lined pages.

–> If you read a story of fiction, fill out a story map.

–> If you read non-fiction, fill out a reporter’s page.

–> Create your own trivia game. Here are the steps:

1. Find or purchase a poster board. Draw a baseball diamond with a trail going from and to home plate. Use squares or circles for the trail. Determine the number of squares based on the dice that you have and the age of your child. Make the rest of the board as detailed as you would like.

2. Create some cards using construction paper. Write questions about baseball in general or about a favorite book. Use short answer, multiple choice, and/ or true and false. Color certain squares the same color as the cards so if they land on that square they get to try to answer the question.

3. Decide on what the game pieces will be. It may be fun to use lego people or other characters related or not related to baseball.

4. Determine how to win at the game. One suggestion is that for every question answered correctly a player receives something tangible, like a baseball card, a marble, or a dirty sock. Just kidding about the dirty sock. Then at the end of the game, everyone tallies up their total and the highest number wins. A more positive variation could be that everyone works toward a goal, such as 20 marbles. Then when the last marble is reached, everyone can feel like a winner.

5. Create a list of rules. Will there be one turn or the possibility of more than one? How many players will be able to play? Will older players have more challenging questions? How will points be determined? Take time to figure these things out. Stating these things will make the game more enjoyable and will reduce conflict among players.

6. Play the game! Don’t forget to invite grandma and grandpa over to watch or even play.

Randy Saller Contact Information
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About the Author

My name is Randy Saller. I am a special education teacher at Gavin Central in Lake Villa, Illinois. I have a BA in Special Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. I have been married to Amy Jo for the last 18 years. God has blessed us with three wonderful children- Jonah, Gilbert, and Sadie. Some of my interests include spending time with family, running, fishing, and writing. I have written for Turtle Magazine, Chicago Parent, and The Old Schoolhouse. My wife and I are Christians with a passion for homeschooling and family discipleship. Two of My favorite verses are: He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers..... (Malachi 4:6). I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (1 John 3-4). Amy and I believe that there is no more important ministry than the family ministry. It is our passion to help parents understand the importance of their role in helping their children understand and know God. Although parents will always be imperfect, God has chosen the broken vessel of parenting to have the most influential role (humanly speaking) in the spiritual life of a child. I invite you to explore some of the free resources on this website.

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