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Procedures for teachers is divided into five sections: Prep
-- Preparing for the lesson Steps
the lesson Extensions
-- Additional activities
- Modem: 56.6 Kbps or faster.
- Browser: Netscape Navigator 4.0 or above or Internet Explorer 4.0
- Personal computer (Pentium II 350 MHz or Celeron 600 MHz) running
Windows® 95 or higher and at least 32 MB of RAM. Macintosh computer:
System 8.1 or above and at least 32 MB of RAM.
- Software: Any presentation software such as Power Point or Hyperstudio
Students will need the following supplies:
- Computers with the capacities
- Notebook or journal
Teachers will need the following supplies:
- Board and/or chart paper
- Ideally a screen on which
to project the Web-based video clips
- Handouts of Web resources
if computers are not available in the classroom
- Oaktag paper, heavy stock
paper or thin cardboard paper cut into 2.5 x 3.5 inch rectangles.
- If available, a laminating
machine or plastic baseball card holders so the cards can be handled frequently
without damaging the students' work.
Bookmark all of the Web sites used in the lesson and create a word processing
document listing all of the links to distribute to students. Preview all
of the sites and videos before presenting them to your class.
Web sites that students should visit for ideas about how to design their
- The Illustrated History of Baseball Cards: The 1800s
This Web site features a short history of baseball cards from the early
days of the 1800s to the present.
- Topps Baseball Cards
This is the official Web site for the Topps Baseball Card Company. (Note
that this is a retail site.) If the students scroll to the bottom of
the page, they will see a slideshow of different baseball cards and
players. They should look at these images for ideas for their own baseball
- Library of Congress project
This Web site features cards with pictures of baseball teams and links
to individual cards.
- Mathematician Trading Cards
This Web site features examples of the type of work that you should
be looking for from the 2nd to 5th graders. These cards are similar
to baseball cards, but with short profiles of mathematicians.
Make copies of this article to share with students during the
introductory lesson for this unit.
USA Today story titled "Baseball Cards Hold Timeless Memories"
Mike Dodd's article about the importance of baseball cards for
fans of all ages.
|| Start the lesson unit by having a general discussion
about sports cards. Ask the class the following questions and make
a chart of some of their responses.
- How many people have baseball or other sports cards at home?
- Why do you buy and collect sports cards? (Write the students'
responses on large chart paper.)
- What kind of information would you find on a sports card? Chart
- What makes a card popular or unpopular? Be specific about your
reason. Chart these answers.
|| Distribute Mike Dodd's article from USA Today titled
"Baseball Cards Hold Timeless Memories." This article can be found
baseball/stories/ 2001-03-27-cover-cards.htm. The class will read
the article out loud and discuss it together. Consider the following
- How does the author feel about his baseball cards?
- What did he do with them as a kid?
- Why do the adults in the article still buy them?
|| Revisit the charts that the students have just created.
Based on the reading, are there any elements, ideas, and/or concepts
that have been left out?
||At this point, announce that the class will watch an hour-long episode about sports in New York City. During the video, they will see athletes described as the "Big Shots" and the "Bad Guys." Remind the students that they should try to remember which athletes were named in the video. You can also break the "memory task" into groups of sports. That way, the students will only have to focus on remembering the athletes in one sport.
|| After watching the video, the class will brainstorm what they remember from the video and make a list of the "Big Shots" and the "Bad Guys."
- The "Big Shots" list includes:
- Gil Hodges, Brooklyn Dodgers
- Mike Piazza, New York Mets
- Roger Clemens, New York Yankees
- Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks
- Willis Reed, New York Knicks
- Bobby Thomson, New York Giants
- Joe Namath, New York Jets
- Mark Messier, New York Islanders
- Dennis Potvin, New York Islanders
- Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees
- Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers
- Joe DiMaggio, New York, Yankees
- The "Bad Guys" list includes:
- Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers
- Walter O'Malley, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers
- John Rocker, formerly of the Atlanta Braves
- George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees
| Culminating Activity/Assessment:
|| After completing the list of "Bad Guys"
and "Big Shots," students will choose the athlete that
they want to research.
Before the students begin to work on their individual cards, the
"Bad Guys" group will meet together and the "Big
Shots" card makers will meet together to discuss a logo that
will go on everyone's card. The logo should be distinct and
exemplify being a "Big Shot" or "Bad Guy."
|| After deciding on the logo, students will begin working.
Distribute the "Baseball Card Activity
Organizer" that will list questions that students must answer
when they do their research.
|| If students need examples of what cards look like,
they can refer to one of the following Web sites.
|| Allow enough time for students to research and design
their cards. At this point, all students should have a copy of the
"Baseball Card Checklist" to
make sure that they have included all of the required elements. It
would be helpful to go over the requirements with the students at
this point. Students should type their work and format it so it fits
on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch card. If the students know how to use PageMaker,
the teacher should have a 2.5 x 3.5 inch card template ready for each
student to design his or her card. If PageMaker is not available,
students should print out their photos, logos and text and paste in
on to the card directly.
|| When they are done, students must go over the checklist
with you to ensure that they have included all required components.
Once completed, laminate the cards or place them in plastic card covers
to preserve the students' work.
|| Allow time for students to share and present their
Community Connections: Students can research and
then create posters commemorating the achievements of African American
athletes, Asian American sports stars, and Latin American players,
- Lessons about athletics and sports teams lend themselves very
nicely to mathematics lessons on the concept of mean and median.
Students can figure out their athletes batting average for their
careers and compare them with their teammates, for example.
- Geography lessons using sports teams – Students can create
travel guides for the cities that are home to the professional
baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams represented on
- Many Web sites about baseball cards exist for retail purposes.
Be cautious and vigilant that students do not try to purchase
merchandise through the Internet. If this is a concern, you should
photocopy the relevant pages or bring in actual cards instead.
- For an interesting twist to the activity, assign the same athlete
to several different students and then compare and contrast their
designs, information, and photos.