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As spring training, opening day, or the World Series approaches, browse this collection of reviewed resources for curriculum connections to engage the sports fans in your classroom. Take a swing at connections between your curriculum and baseball. Invite students to create their own baseball-related activities using the concepts you are studying right now: math word problems, scientific analysis of baseball physics, baseball writing ideas, or primary source interviewing about baseball. 

 

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The HistoryMakers - The HistoryMakers

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6 to 12
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The HistoryMakers offers an incredibly rich and deep collection of biographies and oral histories of 2000 African Americans who have made history in their respective fields. The database...more
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The HistoryMakers offers an incredibly rich and deep collection of biographies and oral histories of 2000 African Americans who have made history in their respective fields. The database allows you to search across 15 fields, for example, for "Artmakers," "Educationmakers," or "Sciencemakers." Special Collections curate additional groups of HistoryMakers such as Negro Baseball Players. The Advanced Search tool allows a search by birthplace, occupation, and even something like favorite food. Each entry includes a photograph, a brief biography, some fun facts about the person; some entries also include a video clip of the oral history interview collected as a part of this project. The collection goes far beyond the usual luminaries. There are musicians, scientists, politicians, athletes, artists, doctors, scientists, and more, many of whom are little known and whose lives can seem more accessible than those who are famous. The HistoryMakers deserves to be a resource for biographies of people from all walks of life whose accomplishments can inspire and inform. Access to the full video archives requires a membership fee, but there is plenty of content here at no cost.

tag(s): african american (106), artists (55), biographies (37), black history (48), business (51), heroes (20), medicine (47), politics (82), scientists (47), sports (78)

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Of course The HistoryMakers is ideal as a resource for projects for Black History Month, but this collection goes far beyond the usual luminaries who are often featured during February. Use the Advanced Search feature to compile a list of HistoryMakers from your home state or who attended a nearby school or college. Who among these 2000 has the same favorite color as you do? Who also loves ice cream? Students will find ways to relate directly to many of these HistoryMakers. Include this resource when investigating famous scientists, musicians, etc. in classes other than social studies and at times OTHER than Black History Month! Create an infographic about a HistoryMaker using a tool such as Venngage reviewed here.
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Cat At Bat - Random House

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K to 3
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Practice basic phonics and rhymes with this baseball-themed game. Click on a ball that rhymes with the word on the scoreboard. If it is a rhyme, you score a home ...more
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Practice basic phonics and rhymes with this baseball-themed game. Click on a ball that rhymes with the word on the scoreboard. If it is a rhyme, you score a home run. If you do not swing because it is not a rhyme, it counts as a ball. This is a clever way to combine baseball with the idea of rhyming. This site works not only for finding rhymes but also for helping beginning readers to read sight words quickly. When students complete one game, the other team is up to bat.

tag(s): baseball (35), phonics (69), rhymes (32)

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Bookmark this site on your classroom computers or save it in your favorites. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Put students in pairs at the computers, each representing one of the teams. Also put a link to this interactive on your class web page so students can play at home.
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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas State University

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6 to 12
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This site has strong content focused on the historical importance of the Negro Leagues Baseball teams. It also has a very rich assortment of lesson plans for teaching about the ...more
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This site has strong content focused on the historical importance of the Negro Leagues Baseball teams. It also has a very rich assortment of lesson plans for teaching about the Negro Leagues. There is an introductory video for a good overview of the Leagues themselves, the offerings of the NLB Museum, and a searchable archive of photographs and multimedia resources that can be used either in conjunction with the lesson plans (which include national standards benchmarks), or independently.

tag(s): baseball (35), black history (48), civil rights (89), sports (78)

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This is a great resource for "hooking" students who are interested in sports into the study of the Civil Rights Movement or modern US History. Consider including the resources here in your recognition of Black History Month as well. Share the introductory video on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore a specific part of this site and create an online poster on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here.
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Virtual Field Trip - Utah Education Network

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1 to 12
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip...more
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Save hundreds of dollars spicing up your curriculum with virtual field trips! This site has "field trips" to take, instructions for creating, and resources for other virtual field trip sites. Field trips for; Career, fine arts, foreign language, health and PE, language arts, math, library, media, professional development, science, social studies, and technology are given. There is a plethora of topics - perfect for research and "virtual" travel. The topics are too broad to list all of them, but some include tessellations, dinosaurs, water cycle, medieval times, Civil War, oil painting, and much more! Receive a detailed tutorial for finding instructions on asking permission for field trips, creating virtual field trips, and evaluating the experience. No bus required! At the time of this review, three of the links under "Visit Related Sites" were not working.

tag(s): animals (218), baseball (35), biomes (114), business (51), charts and graphs (183), civil war (129), dinosaurs (45), egypt (59), field trips (9), immigrants (10), immigration (47), japan (57), maps (236), mayans (9), medieval (25), mexico (30), multiple intelligences (8), musical instruments (28), nutrition (134), olympics (40), painting (59), probability (105), religions (47), rocks (40), russia (28), sports (78), statistics (107), tessellations (6), test prep (82), virtual field trips (36), volcanoes (51), water cycle (26)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close up in depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Create a personalized field trip to meet your every need with the detailed tutorials given. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global!

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Children's Books at Embracing the Child - Embracing the Child

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K to 12
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At first glance this site may appear to be just a compilation of Newbery and Caldecott winning books; however, after diving in and exploring there is much more for classroom ...more
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At first glance this site may appear to be just a compilation of Newbery and Caldecott winning books; however, after diving in and exploring there is much more for classroom teachers, media specialists, and parents. Each week the site offers a synopsis of a Book of the Week; monthly there is an author interview. Archives share previous offerings all the way back to 2003 (at the time of this review). The links on the left side of the page make it easier to find specific books by topic, such as Black History, Recommendations for age 9 and up, and letters & sounds. Don't miss the section about children's illustrators, located in links on the left. It contains an incredibly long list of links to information about specific children's authors. (Note: some links were broken, but most are not.) The site also offers an email newsletter. Some of the descriptions offer the opportunity to purchase the book at Amazon.
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tag(s): authors (92), baseball (35), black history (48), book lists (96), book reports (30), independent reading (93), literature (212), newbery (2)

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Classroom teachers and schools without access to a Media Specialist can use this site to stay current on children's literature offerings and book awards. Use this site before reading a book for information about the author to share with your classroom. Locate books geared toward specific student interests using the category links on the left. Share this site on your classroom blog or website as a resource for parents and students to find books for independent reading. Use this site to find books specific to classroom topics such as nature books, picture books, or science and math books. Set up literature circles based on a topic.

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ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center

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K to 12
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by ...more
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by subject, keyword, or grade level (K-4, 5-8, or 9-12). Some examples of topics include Native Americans, Civil War, Shakespeare, myths, melodrama, adjectives, baseball, and countless others! There are many interactive lessons: some with video, audio, or slideshows. The lessons provide an estimate of time required and complete, step-by-step instructions. There are printables included with some of the lessons.
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tag(s): african american (106), baseball (35), civil war (129), comics and cartoons (72), dance (23), folktales (58), greece (24), habitats (70), immigration (47), literature (212), mexico (30), musical instruments (28), myths and legends (14), native americans (63), painting (59), surrealism (3)

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Search this site for a topic that you are teaching in your class. Share the lesson on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Better yet, make the video or slideshow a learning station for students to do themselves in small groups.
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Blackbaseball's Negro Baseball Leagues - Blackbaseball

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6 to 12
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This new site focuses on the Negro Baseball Leagues from their beginnings in the late 19th century until the time that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Much ...more
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This new site focuses on the Negro Baseball Leagues from their beginnings in the late 19th century until the time that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Much of the content is the work of James A. Riley, one of the foremost experts in the study of the Negro Leagues. The site includes information on players, teams, video clips, resources and current issues.
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tag(s): baseball (35), black history (48), civil rights (89), sports (78)

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Use the site as a resource during Black History Month for students who are researching the Negro Baseball Leagues, or players who were part of the leagues. Tie together current events (during baseball season) with this historical site. Have cooperative learning groups create venn diagrams using an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare the Negro Baseball Leagues to the baseball teams of today. What was the same, what is different? The site might also be useful in discussions of the Civil Rights movement or as a part of a look at segregation in the early 20th century. Check back frequently, as the site is clearly expanding and will have more information in the future.
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame - National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc

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4 to 12
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame offers lots of information on famous players and the history of the game. It's a great starting point for students interested in baseball's impact...more
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame offers lots of information on famous players and the history of the game. It's a great starting point for students interested in baseball's impact on American culture, especially in the early 20th century. Visit the Sights and Sounds link to view videos, hear authentic news clips and interviews, and more. This site does requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (35)

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Share the videos, interviews, and more on your interactive whiteboard or projector. As baseball season begins, have cooperative learning groups explore different elements of this site. Have the groups prepare a multi-media production. Perhaps a video clip of their own!
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Baseball and Jackie Robinson - The Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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This Library of Congress collection has information on Jackie Robinson and lots more. This site includes lesson plans, class activities, and more. McRel standards are included. As always,...more
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This Library of Congress collection has information on Jackie Robinson and lots more. This site includes lesson plans, class activities, and more. McRel standards are included. As always, the images are the star of the show, and there are pictures of early teams, documentation on Robinson's entry into the big leagues, and much more. This site also includes some information about primary sources. Well worth a visit.

tag(s): baseball (35), civil rights (89)

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Use this lesson plan with your secondary students to combine history, research using primary sources, and baseball.

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Club MLB - Major League Baseball

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1 to 6
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This is Major League Baseball's official site for kids complete with interactives, tips, videos, and links to favorite teams. You can head over to Coach's Clipboard to view how-to videos,...more
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This is Major League Baseball's official site for kids complete with interactives, tips, videos, and links to favorite teams. You can head over to Coach's Clipboard to view how-to videos, learn baseball basics, and get tips from the pros. The Game Zone features games such as "Suit Em Up" to create your own uniform, "Home Run Pursuit," and "T-Shirt Launcher." Meet the Pros or Travel the world of baseball at the Press Box or visit the Rec Room to view videos from This Week in Baseball. The News Stand contains the latest news, polls, and links to team's kid's pages.

Be Aware: some links lead to subscription and shopping sites so students may need to be introduced to the site to be made aware of links to avoid.

tag(s): baseball (35), statistics (107)

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Share the latest polls with students and compare results to those found within your class. Create a link on classroom computers and allow students to read headlines and latest news then prepare a summary to present to the class. Have students use a multimedia tool such as an online, interactive poster creator (known as a "glog,") using GlogsterEDU, reviewed here. Follow students' favorite teams through the site to use as story starters and journal topics. Practice math by following statistics of Major League Baseball teams.
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Baseball Almanac - Baseball-Almanac

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This site provides links to formulas and calculations used for finding baseball statistics. The site is written as a Baseball Stats 101 workshop providing a basic overview to statistics....more
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This site provides links to formulas and calculations used for finding baseball statistics. The site is written as a Baseball Stats 101 workshop providing a basic overview to statistics. Available links include common abbreviations, quotes about stats, and definitions and formulas. One of the most in-depth portions of the sites includes sample Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that can be used to track hitting and pitching, Little League individual player or team stats, odds of hitting a pitch, and major league team stats. Be sure to read some of the interesting quotes listed at the bottom of the page! This site does include some minor advertisements.

tag(s): charts and graphs (183), data (140), statistics (107)

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Share the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce statistics and common definitions. Use the spreadsheets on the site as real-world practice for learning Microsoft Excel skills by inputting data from students' favorite players or teams. Compare team and player statistics by graphing information inputted into spread sheets.

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The Brooklyn Nine WebQuest - Karen Steinberger

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5 to 8
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This WebQuest, based on The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings, begins in a similar fashion as opening a box of 1845 to 2002 baseball memorabilia. Every chapter, or ...more
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This WebQuest, based on The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings, begins in a similar fashion as opening a box of 1845 to 2002 baseball memorabilia. Every chapter, or "inning," is a snapshot of American history as seen through one of our national pastimes-baseball. Although the book is fictional, many of the people, places, and events are based on facts. There are stories to read and research to explore about the history behind the people, places, and events. Each task leads up to collecting "souvenirs" along the way that students use to design their own digital box of memorabilia. Students finish by writing the stories that go along with their collection. What a great motivational hook for teaching information literacy, with all the steps built right in, including easy-to-follow directions and descriptions of the task, the process, the web based research, and creative extension activities. There is even a rubric to use for holistic evaluation.

tag(s): baseball (35), concept mapping (22), webquests (30)

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September and October are perfect months for baseball fever, with the World Series right around the corner, so why not get on base with The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings and make a double play by introducing your class to the historical fiction genre. Divide your students into teams of two or three players to complete this WebQuest over the course of several days, using a class set of computers for a "home game" or take them to the computer lab for an "away game." There are many projects to choose from; assign all of them, select just a few, or have different teams be responsible for various activities. One of the tasks involves students creating an information web, using Inspiration software. If your school does not have a license for that software or it is not already downloaded on your school's computers, you can use free web-based alternatives, such as bubble.us reviewed here or one of the many tools available from Teachersfirst toolbox. Even if you do not have time to do the entire WebQuest, the links provide valuable background information for shorter investigations.
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Jackie Robinson-Breaking Barriers in Sports and in Life - Scholastic & Major League Baseball

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4 to 8
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Whether you are a lover of major league baseball or have a "soft spot" for overcoming the odds stacked against you and achieving a dream - the American dream, you ...more
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Whether you are a lover of major league baseball or have a "soft spot" for overcoming the odds stacked against you and achieving a dream - the American dream, you will find videos and activities on this Web site that will surely capture the hearts and attention of the boys as well as the girls in your class.

Every year, people across the country pause on April 15 to celebrate the historic event that marks the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947. Use this educational program to bring the significance of Jackie Robinson's legacy to your classrooms. Although Breaking Barriers centers around an essay contest, you may choose to simply use the ideas to offer and assist your students in learning opportunities to teach them values that will enable them to face their own barriers and express themselves in written form. There are lessons, printables, book lists, and more that align with language arts, math, and social studies national standards.

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Share the video of Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Listen to her personal story of her famous baseball player Dad's courage, determination, integrity, and persistence to break the color barrier on and off the playing field. Use an online tool like bubble.us reviewed here to engage students in whole class brainstorming of some of the real life barriers that students face today, and then lead into a journal writing activity for students to think about how to use Jackie Robinson's values to face and overcome barriers in their own lives. Whether you are celebrating the anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, Black History month, a unit on courage and heroes, or introducing these concepts anytime during the year, the downloadable and whiteboard ready materials will increase the richness of your class discussions and broaden students' understanding of how to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.
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Baseball Multiplication - EMGames

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Roll the dice, multiply the two numbers that appear on each dice, type in your answer on the interactive calculator. Explicit audio directions are provided at the beginning of this...more
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Roll the dice, multiply the two numbers that appear on each dice, type in your answer on the interactive calculator. Explicit audio directions are provided at the beginning of this activity, but you can click to skip the instructions. Be aware: this activity is free; however most of the site is for a fee.

tag(s): baseball (35), multiplication (194)

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Share the instructions and activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with partners to try the baseball "game." Don't forget the headsets!! You may want to list this site on your class webpage or wiki, so students can practice baseball multiplication at home!
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Baseball Cards 1887-1914 - Library of Congress

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3 to 10
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The Library of Congress has collected this exhibit of early baseball trading cards, published at a time when collecting was a passion among adults, not children. The site is interesting...more
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The Library of Congress has collected this exhibit of early baseball trading cards, published at a time when collecting was a passion among adults, not children. The site is interesting as a reflection of cultures and interests at the turn of the century, and also for its portrayals of some of the greats of the game as their contemporaries saw them.

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Share this link on your class website for your baseball card collectors! Use the site to teach about the early days of baseball. Have younger students create a Venn Diagram comparing baseball today with baseball of the 1880s. Have older students create a blog entry from a famous baseball player of the past.

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Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson - The Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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This Library of Congress collection has information on Jackie Robinson and lots more. As always, the images are the star of the show, and there are pictures of early teams, ...more
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This Library of Congress collection has information on Jackie Robinson and lots more. As always, the images are the star of the show, and there are pictures of early teams, documentation on Robinson's entry into the big leagues, and much more. Students can click on a time period (1860s-1890s, 1900s-1930s, 1940-1946, 1947-1956, 1957-1961, or 1962-1972) to learn more about the history of African-Americans and baseball.

tag(s): africa (177), african american (106), baseball (35)

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Provide your students with this website and a good 20-minutes of exploration time. Then, have your class write journal entries through the eyes of the African-American baseball stars. Or divide up the class into cooperative learning groups. Have each group research a specific time period and share their finding with the class.

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Batter's Up Baseball - Prongo.com

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1 to 6
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This website offers a Flash-enhanced math game built on a baseball theme. The problems (addition or multiplication) presented vary widely in difficulty, so the game could be used across...more
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This website offers a Flash-enhanced math game built on a baseball theme. The problems (addition or multiplication) presented vary widely in difficulty, so the game could be used across several grades or with students of varying ability. Students have the option of choosing single digit questions, double digit questions, or a home run (difficult question). This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (210), baseball (35), multiplication (194)

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Demonstrate this colorful website on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work on individual computers at their current math level. Use this website for review before an addition or multiplication quiz on single or double digits. If individual computer are not available, use your interactive whiteboard or projector and play a class game of "around the world" with the math questions.
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A Graphical History of Baseball - Michael Bein

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6 to 12
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The design is really basic, but this site offers on-line graphs comparing baseball data like batting averages over the past century. It would be a great starting point for a ...more
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The design is really basic, but this site offers on-line graphs comparing baseball data like batting averages over the past century. It would be a great starting point for a lesson on interpreting graphs.

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Share the graphs on your projector or whiteboard, then challenge students to create their own graphical representations to help fans compare baseball players, teams, revenues, and more.

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Fun with Baseball Stats - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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6 to 8
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Here's a lesson for middle school students, from the NCTM Illuminations site, that will familiarize students with both baseball and statistics. Teachers may want to add their own creative...more
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Here's a lesson for middle school students, from the NCTM Illuminations site, that will familiarize students with both baseball and statistics. Teachers may want to add their own creative touches to this one. Standards, detailed instructions, printable pages, and more are included. This website requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use this ready to go lesson to "take your students to the ball field."
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The Physics of Baseball - Alan Nathan, University of Illinois

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4 to 12
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The closest thing we've found to one-stop shopping for baseball physics, this site catalogs more than a dozen resources from simple explanations to Java applets that plot fly ball trajectories....more
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The closest thing we've found to one-stop shopping for baseball physics, this site catalogs more than a dozen resources from simple explanations to Java applets that plot fly ball trajectories. There are also videos, experiments, and countless other activities. You'll find lots of resources for building lessons or demonstrating principles. Although not aesthetically pleasing, this content-rich website provides unlimited information about baseball and the history and science of the sport. This website requires Adobe, Windows Media Player, and Flash. You can get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use this website to find content for your science and/or physics lessons. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector.
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