1. Baseball: Shadow Ball

Source: Ken Burns American Stories

Play Shadow Ball, a simulation that pantomimes the game of baseball based on the mathematics needed for basic calculations of throwing times between fielders and other known factors. Predict results of plays based on data analysis.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math

Topics: Sports. Data Analysis/Probability. Functions and Algebra.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. Baseball: Baseball Geometry

Source: Ken Burns American Stories

Explore historical and modern materials and construction of baseballs and perform calculations using various methods to discover the volume and surface area of a sphere.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math

Topics: Sports. Geometry and Spatial Sense. Measurement.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Baseball: Bases Divided: Segregation and Discrimination in Baseball

Source: Ken Burns American Stories

Explore the ways baseball has mirrored world events and the social arena it appeared in. Create a chart of individuals, events, and groups that were influenced or discriminated against throughout the history of the sport.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Sports. Sociology. United States History: 1929-1945.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Baseball: The Best of the Best

Source: Ken Burns American Stories

Create a class list of American baseball legends and examine what personal traits and characteristics make a baseball player a hero and role model. Debate and vote on who among the list should be designated the "best of the best".

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Social Skills. Sports. Sociology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

5. Baseball: Women in Baseball: Talk Show

Source: Ken Burns American Stories

Role-play women who participated in some form of baseball (amateur, semi-professional, or professional) as well as other advocates of women's sports as guests on a modern-day talk show.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Sports. Sociology. Womens Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

6. Fantasy Baseball, Part 1

Source: Mathline

Explore the game of baseball, then use what you've learned to use decimals and ratios to analyze key statistical data, draft players and make trades, based on an analysis of the data.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math

Topics: Sports. Applied Mathematics. Data Analysis/Probability. Functions and Algebra.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

7. Fantasy Baseball, Part 2

Source: Mathline

Emulate the manager of a baseball team, and analyze key statistical data on professional baseball player trading cards to draft players and make trades, assembling a fantasy baseball team. Determine the line up and play a simulated baseball game.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math

Topics: Sports. Applied Mathematics. Data Analysis/Probability.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

8. Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball

Source: Point of View

Explore sports as expressions of culture and transmitted values by comparing photographs of local baseball events with a video of a Japanese game.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Sports. Anthropology/Cultures. Cultural Studies: Asian Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

9. Science of Sports: Better Baseball

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Investigate how the application of various principles of physics can improve performance in sports. Perform experiments with Bernoulli's Principle and explore the sports-related inventions of a former physics teacher.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Science & Tech

Topics: Sports. Design & Invention. Motion & Forces.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

10. Sports and Math: Batting Averages and More

Source: Mathline

Set up a spreadsheet using a computer or graphing calculator, and perform calculations using columns. Calculate percentages and solve a system of equations regarding baseball statistics.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math

Topics: Sports. Functions and Algebra. Statistics.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

11. Sports and Math: Will Women Athletes Ever Catch and Surpass Their Male Counterparts?

Source: Mathline

Explore, explain and make conclusions based on graphs of scatter plots of the Olympic records for men and women in the same event over the same years. Plot x- and y-values, and create linear equations from the data.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math

Topics: Sports. Data Analysis/Probability. Patterns and Algebraic Thinking. Functions and Algebra.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

12. Sports Screeners

Source: In The Mix

Examine how physical activity and sports are depicted in movies and on television. Hypothesize how images of physical activity and sports depictions in entertainment can influence young people's attitudes and behaviors.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Fitness. Sports. Media Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

13. You Be the Coach

Source: In The Mix

Investigate the essential physical skills needed to play a sport. Explore why sports, athletics or physical activities should be an important part of teens' lives.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Fitness. Sports.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan