Baseball in the Classroom
The wealth of themes explored in BASEBALL and THE TENTH INNING offer an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom. The lessons and activities created around the films look at dramatic developments that transformed the game: Jackie Robinson breaking the color line; women's baseball in the 20th century; the increasing dominance of Latino and Asian players who turned baseball into a truly international game; and much more. These lessons will help students put historical context around the sport of baseball as a mirror of the country – at its best and at its worst.
Please note: Some clips contain language which may not be suitable for all students. Be sure to view all clips prior to showing them to your class. As with any program that we encourage teachers to preview the program and determine whether it is appropriate for their students.
The lessons on this site were developed to help teachers use BASEBALL and THE TENTH INNING in the classroom. Activities are appropriate for grades 7-10 but are easily adapted to different age ranges. Many of the lessons incorporate video clips from the film as well as additional resources found on this site. All the lessons address national teaching standards listed within each plan.
Because BASEBALL and THE TENTH INNING are rich in educational themes and we know that teachers have a limited amount of time, we have developed a series of quick, adaptable activities for classroom use. Each "stretch" contains a brief overview along with activity ideas you can use to create lessons tailored to your individual class curriculum and teaching style.
Over the years BASEBALL has been used by thousands of teachers in individual classrooms across the county. In this section we invite you to upload lessons, ideas and activities you have used the film to bring baseball into your curriculum.