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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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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.

tag(s): baseball (36)

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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.

tag(s): baseball (36)

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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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Baseball Season - MyVocabulary.com

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4 to 10
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Take me out to the ballgame.... This website provides unique vocabulary activities that all correlate with baseball! Some of the activities are interactive (word puzzles) and other...more
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Take me out to the ballgame.... This website provides unique vocabulary activities that all correlate with baseball! Some of the activities are interactive (word puzzles) and other activities are printable. There is also a few historical and reference facts. So take your students out to the ballgame and teach them some new science vocabulary terms.

tag(s): baseball (36)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Ballparks of Baseball

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Here is a tribute to baseball as an essential part of American culture. Learn everything you every wanted to know about each of the Major League ballparks, from seating charts ...more
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Here is a tribute to baseball as an essential part of American culture. Learn everything you every wanted to know about each of the Major League ballparks, from seating charts to attendance figures, to the history behind former ballparks, you'll find it here. The site does include some minor advertisements. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), sports (96)

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Gearing up for baseball season? Share this site with your students in history, physical education, or other relevant classes.
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Baseball and Jackie Robinson: Early Baseball Pictures - Library of Congress

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Baseball and history fans will love this Library of Congress site with historical pictures that trace the heritage of our nation's pastime. Each page of pictures provides the historical...more
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Baseball and history fans will love this Library of Congress site with historical pictures that trace the heritage of our nation's pastime. Each page of pictures provides the historical context for the shot. The site also has a special presentation on Jackie Robinson and his historic breaking of baseball's color line.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), baseball (36)

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Share these authentic pictures with your students! Use this site to teach about baseball history, African-American history, and more.

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Presidential Baseball - Northwestern University

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You'll need to be a real baseball fan to avoid striking out at this online game that compares presidents and baseball players. The players are mostly obscure, but even a ...more
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You'll need to be a real baseball fan to avoid striking out at this online game that compares presidents and baseball players. The players are mostly obscure, but even a good guess or two makes this one fun. It's done by the folks who created Northwestern University's Oyez, Oyez about the Supreme Court. Different, but worth a visit. This site require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), presidents (130)

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Divide your class into two teams and play a round of Presidential Baseball! Share the questions on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Baseball Physics Fun Stuff - bostonbaseball.com

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This site shares a sample of physics as it relates to baseball, from a Boston Red Sox fan information collection. Other highlights include the effects of temperature, altitude, and...more
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This site shares a sample of physics as it relates to baseball, from a Boston Red Sox fan information collection. Other highlights include the effects of temperature, altitude, and wind. There is also an interesting discussion of the physics behind corked bats.

tag(s): baseball (36), temperature (29)

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Excite your students about physics using this simple site!

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Science and Sports - The Exploratorium

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Here's another site from the Exploratorium. A high-tech look at the physics involved in hockey, baseball, skateboarding, surfing, and other sports. Younger kids can grasp the concepts;...more
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Here's another site from the Exploratorium. A high-tech look at the physics involved in hockey, baseball, skateboarding, surfing, and other sports. Younger kids can grasp the concepts; older students can learn the details. There are webcasts, interactives, and more. This site requires Media Player. Includes sound and video clips, but they aren't essential to using the site. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), sports (96)

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Share this interactive site with your students to excited them about learning physics! Although some of the pages are "text heavy," this is a great site for research.

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Baseball America - Baseball America, Inc.

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Baseball America Online provides coverage of high school, college, and minor league ball as well as "the bigs." This site includes A LOT of information, podcasts, and more....more
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Baseball America Online provides coverage of high school, college, and minor league ball as well as "the bigs." This site includes A LOT of information, podcasts, and more. Some of the activities require Windows Media Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), statistics (122)

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Share this link with your students who love the game! Use this site to discuss the math behind baseball statistics, drafts, and more.

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MLB.com - MLB Advanced Media

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Major League Baseball has its own home page, an entry point for information on teams, player, statistics, and history. Keep up to date with current baseball news, video clips, and ...more
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Major League Baseball has its own home page, an entry point for information on teams, player, statistics, and history. Keep up to date with current baseball news, video clips, and more. Some of the activities at this website require Media Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), statistics (122)

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Get your students excited about statistics, using this baseball website. Share the video clips on an interactive whiteboard. Talk about the current events in baseball. Visit the stats page for some mathematical fun!

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Negro League Baseball - TK Publishers & Blackbaseball.com

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This is a comprehensive site offering detailed information on the black leagues and the players who made them great. This is an excellent addition to Black History Month! There are...more
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This is a comprehensive site offering detailed information on the black leagues and the players who made them great. This is an excellent addition to Black History Month! There are links to learn about the history of black leagues, the players of black leagues, and the teams of black leagues. Be aware - there is a link to buy merchandise from the Negro Baseball League. However, all of the information provided is free.

tag(s): baseball (36), black history (59)

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Use this website to introduce black achievements in a different context. Use an interactive whiteboard or projection screen to share the many photos and achievements of these baseball icons, often forgotten.

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Baseball (A Fan's View) - John R. Potter

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4 to 8
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This website offers a word scramble with words and phrases from fans. ...more
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This website offers a word scramble with words and phrases from fans.

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Before handing out the printed copies of the word scramble, project the word scramble on an interactive whiteboard or projector and discuss the meaning behind some of the phrases.

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Baseball Word Scramble - John R. Potter

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This website provides a simple word search that you can print and copy for student use. ...more
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This website provides a simple word search that you can print and copy for student use.

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Project the word search on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign each student 1-2 words to look up and define. Give the students a few minutes to look up the definitions. Share the definitions together before completing the word search.

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Baseball Reference - Sports Reference, LLC

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Come to this website for one-stop learning about baseball. Some of the many activities and links at this website include "Stats of the Day," "Minor Leagues," "Teams," "Players," and...more
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Come to this website for one-stop learning about baseball. Some of the many activities and links at this website include "Stats of the Day," "Minor Leagues," "Teams," "Players," and "Today in Baseball History."

tag(s): baseball (36), statistics (122)

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Use the information at this website in math or history class. This is great supplemental material for statistics, U.S. history (since 1880s), African-American history, and others. Have students use this site for individual research projects about topics provided at this website. Use the "Stats of the Day" information as an anticipatory set for a math or statistics lesson.

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Baseball Stats 101 - Baseball Almanac

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This content-rich website, from the Baseball Almanac, offers definitions of some of the more common - and also more obscure - offensive, defensive, and pitching statistics. There are...more
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This content-rich website, from the Baseball Almanac, offers definitions of some of the more common - and also more obscure - offensive, defensive, and pitching statistics. There are links to learn more about abbreviations, a baseball stats calculator, history of baseball, players of baseball, quotes about the game, and several others. This site does include some small advertisements.

tag(s): baseball (36), statistics (122)

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There are lots of class possibilities here: let students create formulas from the definitions, compare stats for the favorite teams, research the history of the sport or a specific player, or try to write their own original quotes about baseball.

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Math Baseball - Funbrain

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This is an on-line game in which students advance runners and score runs by completing math problems of varying difficulties. Students can select easy or difficult problems, either...more
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This is an on-line game in which students advance runners and score runs by completing math problems of varying difficulties. Students can select easy or difficult problems, either non-algebraic or algebraic, and operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination).

tag(s): addition (251), baseball (36), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Have you students work on individual computers and "take a swing" at this math activity. It offers a highly motivating review activity on various difficulty levels, enabling the teacher to differentiate the instruction based on the math levels of the individual students.

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Fastball Reaction Time - Exploratorium

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Use this interactive to test your reaction time and see if you can hit the ball out of the park. The activity will show you your reaction time to each ...more
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Use this interactive to test your reaction time and see if you can hit the ball out of the park. The activity will show you your reaction time to each "pitch." This engaging website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Have students work with a partner to explore this web activity.
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Physics of Baseball and Softball - The Sweet Spot - The University of Sydney

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This website provides a detailed activity that focuses on the "sweet spot." Batters know from experience that this is the special spot found on the bat, where the shock of ...more
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This website provides a detailed activity that focuses on the "sweet spot." Batters know from experience that this is the special spot found on the bat, where the shock of the impact felt by the hands, is reduced so much that the batter is almost unaware of the contact with the ball. Find out more about the "sweet spot" at this Australian site. Several video clips are included. The site requires QuickTime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36)

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Use this "ready to go" resource to teach your students about the physics behind the "sweet spot."

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Exploratorium - Science of Baseball - Exploratorium

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The Science of Baseball is the Exploratorium's collection of activities and descriptions involving physics, biomechanics, and baseball. This website takes a topic that students love...more
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The Science of Baseball is the Exploratorium's collection of activities and descriptions involving physics, biomechanics, and baseball. This website takes a topic that students love (baseball) and puts it into scientific terms to enhance the educational experience. What makes a curve ball curve, anyway? How quickly does a batter have to react to hit a ball thrown at 95 miles per hour? There's lots of real-world physics at this site, and the presentation is engaging as well as instructive. Many of the interactive challenges require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), forces (44)

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Treat your students to this content-rich website using your interactive whiteboard or projection screen. Take your class outside to try their hands at some of the experiments. Or have cooperative learning groups explore different sections of this multi-faceted website. What a fantastic way to excite your students about learning science.
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