As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 71 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 89-year-old mother wears a shirt that reads “I want to party like it’s 1948!” because she was there the last time it happened.
Thanks to my husband for turning me into an avid fan and instilling his love of “all things baseball” in our daughters. We have fond memories of days and nights spent at “The Jake” in the 90s cheering our team to victory. He taught us pitching and base running strategies and the “unwritten rules of baseball.” Our girls know how to read a box score, and still find the media guide a fascinating read. Although they have both moved out of town, they are still diehard Indians fans!
The first days of spring create an opportunity to engage young fans and cultivate new ones by bringing baseball into your classroom. See how easily baseball connects to math, history, language arts, and science.
- Here’s an idea that encourages authentic problem-solving. Ask middle school students to plan a summer road trip and take in a game at five different major league ballparks. Google Trips is an app that can facilitate planning, especially if you are a Google Classroom. Give students a budget or see who is best at managing money. Students can use Google Sheets or another spreadsheet to keep track of costs (hotels, meals, gas, game tickets, souvenirs, etc.). Ask students to include some sightseeing as well.
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York offers a curriculum and free lesson plans that can be used with or without a virtual field trip. Topics include statistics, economics, civil rights, popular culture, labor history, physical science, leadership, the arts and more.
- There are plenty of research topics associated with the game: Negro Leagues, Women’s Baseball, Hall of Fame Players, changes to equipment, etc. The National Baseball Hall of Fame is a perfect starting place.
- Younger students might enjoy sharing their opinions about which MLB team has the best mascot. (Slider? The Green Monster? Rosie Red?) Find info on all the mascots here. Download our graphic organizer to get started. Find other organizers and writing tasks in our Simple Solutions Reading
- Our new Simple Solutions Kentucky Studies features a passage and questions on the story of the Louisville Slugger, the official bat of Major League Baseball. Get it here.
If you find yourself running out of time for all this fun now, no worries. Come back in the fall. We hope to still be playing baseball this October in Cleveland…