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Fantasy Baseball - Part One
Number and Number Relations

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Objective

Students will study a thematic unit based on the game of baseball to investigate number and number relations.

Overview of the Lesson

The following is an overview of the Lesson Plan Fantasy Baseball - Parts I and II:

Students play a few innings of baseball as an introductory activity to this thematic unit based on the game of baseball. The unit is centered around the analysis of the statistical data contained on professional baseball trading cards. These cards are first used to familiarize students with some of the basic terminology associated with the game. Next, students are directed to focus their attention on the actual statistical data included on the card and how to utilize this statistical data to determine the overall rating of a player’s past performance. Additionally, students form work with decimals and ratios to obtain key statistical data. This key statistical data, such as the number of home runs to the number of cumulative times at bat, are essential to the next phase of the unit: building a nine-player baseball team.

Student pairs act as co-managers of a baseball team. Each pair receives a pack of baseball cards. They compute and analyze the key statistical data of the given players, make decisions on who they want to keep and who they want to trade, arrange their lineups, and play simulated games. Students use the key statistical data to construct individual player spinners, determine the line up, and play a simulated baseball game. The ultimate goal is to be the manager of the winning team of the Fantasy Baseball World Series.