Summer has just begun; don’t let your kids strike out on their math skills! Have them stay sharp with this baseball math worksheet. Click on the grade that they have just completed to download a baseball field loaded with math questions. Have them answer each question, encouraging them not to get three wrong—that would end an inning! Each worksheet is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for that grade. Don’t stop there; here are some other ways to enrich and extend your baseball experience:
- Serve a baseball snack while working on the paper. Peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks, or even a hot dog will make the problems easier to complete! If you want to serve food for an entire team, my friend, Chef James Major—Chef for the Cincinnati Reds—can give you a few ideas on what to serve at a baseball-themed party, including a homemade pretzel recipe that he uses at the stadium.
- Talk to your little sports nuts about how math is important in the Major Leagues. Pitchers have to be aware of their pitch counts to stay healthy, batting averages help determine how well a hitter is doing, each inning the scores are added together. . . what other ways is math used in baseball? Go to Major League Baseball to see how stats are kept in the big leagues.
- Geometry is also very important to baseball teams. Your little t-ball player can find different shapes on the field as you watch baseball being played. Each MLB field has the same infield dimensions; Wikipedia has some great resources on finding what these numbers are. Your little league kids can use the measurements of the field to create a smaller baseball field in your back yard with proportions.
- This web page has the science of baseball. Learn how quick reaction time, trajectory, and gravity work together when a batter comes to the plate.
So go out there and ROOT for the home team! Send us some of your favorite baseball pictures to [email protected]. We love baseball almost as much as we love math!