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In the Mix: Get in the Game
Explore the many physical and social benefits getting involved in sports can bring.

Stealing Home
The political, economic, and cultural significance of baseball in Cuba is investigated on this Web site.

Think Tank
A discussion of the impact Title IX has had on women in sports.

Dragonfly TV
Learn about science experiments kids conducted while playing soccer.

recommended web sites

National Baseball Hall of Fame
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org
Even if you can't visit the Cooperstown, NY museum, you'll enjoy the online exhibits including World Series programs, the 3,000 Hit Club, and the 1998 race for the home run record between Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds. Read biographies and statistics of the 254 Hall of Fame players. With wav or MP3, listen to the radio announcer at the 1951 playoff game where "the shot heard round the world" was broadcast and other audio clips. The Games section has numerous trivia games, baseball haiku, and digital postcards. Select one of several pictures, a baseball stamp, and add music, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," of course. The educational section uses primary sources such as the manual for the All-American Girl's Baseball League, "A Guide for All American Girls". Other primary source topics include Baseball during World War II, Jackie Robinson, and the Negro Leagues.
Subject: Social Studies
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Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/jrhtml/jrabout.html
This Library of Congress Web site was created to commemorate Jackie Robinson's achievements and describe aspects of the color line, or major league baseball's segregation practice, and the Negro Leagues. The site provides five chapters covering the years 1860-1972. The site also links to other Web-based baseball material.
Subject: Social Studies
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Black Baseball's Negro Baseball Leagues
http://www.blackbaseball.com
Before the baseball leagues were integrated, black players had separate teams from whites until 1947 when the color line was broken. Jackie Robinson became the first African American in the twentieth century to play baseball in the major leagues, signing on to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Learn more from brief histories of various teams and the short biographies of baseball greats like Satchel Paige and Smokey Joe Williams. Some online articles include audio and video clips.
Subject: Social Studies
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U.S. Youth Soccer
http://www.usyouthsoccer.org
This site for coaches, referees, and parents emphasizes fun for kids over winning at all costs. Health tips on avoiding common injuries, drinking plenty of fluids, and nutrition for young athletes are found in the Player section. Official playing rules for children of various ages and small sided games can be downloaded. Other online publications include safety, principles of conduct, and adults as role models. Publications are in pdf format.
Subject: Health & Fitness
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Rad Rider Bicycle Safety
http://www.radrider.com/comic-book/index.html
The comic book format engages elementary students in learning about bicycle safety. The story is narrated in addition to displaying the text. Rad Rider talks about the proper use of helmets, wearing reflective clothing, using lights, obeying traffic rules, watching for cars coming out of driveways, and using hand signals. Running through the comic book with narration takes about 15 minutes. Once you have watched the story, try the quiz on bicycle safety. Flash 4 or higher is required.
Subject: Social Studies
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The Physics of Skateboarding Tricks
http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/index.html
How do they make it look like the skateboard is glued to their feet as they fly through the air? This site from the Exploratorium explains the physics of skateboarding related to rotational inertia and centripetal force. The site describes the design, materials, and anatomy of a modern skateboard. If you don't know an ollie from a Caballerial or goofyfoot, the glossary will help you. Video clips require QuickTime and Real Player. These are not your parents' skateboards.
Subject: Science & Technology
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Science of Baseball
http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball
Test your skills in the Fastball Reaction Time section. A major league baseball pitcher can throw a ball at 95 mph. How many times did you strike out before you got a hit? The Baseball Time Machine introduces you to some baseball greats. See the Girls of Summer section about the All-American Girls Baseball League. Video and audio clips enhance the site and Shockwave 8 is required for some portions.
Subject: Science & Technology
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Exploratorium Exploranet
http://www.exploratorium.edu
San Francisco's Exploratorium museum provides some amazing online exhibits. "Sport! Science" features online science activities tied to baseball, hockey, and cycling. "Memory" is an interdisciplinary look at the mechanics and implications of memory for scientists, artists, and others.
Subject: Science & Technology
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recommended books

Wonder Goal!
By Michael Foreman
Published April 2003
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts
The young soccer player in this picture book is the new kid on the team, and the other guys tease him, as they always tease a new boy. He dreams of making a wonder goal and earning their acceptance. Foreman's celebration of soccer spans the career of a young player from childhood wonder goal to World Cup wonder goal. Foreman's watercolors are filled with color, action, and excitement.
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Coming Home: A Story of Josh Gibson, Baseball's Greatest Home Run Hitter
By Nannette Mellage and Cornelius Van Wright
Published April 2001
Grades: 3-5
Subjects: Social Studies
One of the greatest hitters in baseball was Josh Gibson who played for the Homestead Grays in the Negro Leagues. Told from a young boy's point-of-view, this picture book biography focuses on the 1930 Negro League Championship series between the Grays and the Lincoln Giants. The book includes author notes about the ten game series and Gibson's career.
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Players in Pigtails
By Shana Corey and Rebecca Gibbon
Published March 2003
Grades: Prek-2; 3-5
Subjects: Health & Fitness
Katie Casey was not very good at doing "girl" things. Baseball was her love. Every year she showed up for her high school tryouts, and every year she was not even given a chance. World War II gave Katie a chance to tryout for a professional league in Chicago. All the women there proved they were ready to play, but they still had to convince the skeptical fans. An author's note describes the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. You will also find the lyrics for two contemporary songs.
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Girl Wonder
By Deborah Hopkinson and Terry Widener
Published March 2003
Grades: PreK-2; 3-5
Subjects: Health & Fitness
Alta Weiss was born to play baseball, and she pursued her passion all the way to the Vermilion Independents, an Ohio semi-pro team. This book in nine innings focuses on her baseball career, but Alta ultimately became a doctor. A timeline highlights women's contributions to baseball.
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Game Time: A Baseball Companion
By Roger Angell
Published February 2003
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Health & Fitness
Angell is considered one of the best writers on baseball. This collection of essays -- organized into sections called spring, summer, and fall -- samples his 40 year career celebrating the men behind the legends. There are more than a few surprises, like Dan Quisenberry's poetry.
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The Science of Sports
By Sharon L. Blandening and John Monteleone
Published February 2003
Grades: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Science & Technology
If you have ever held a ball or racket or Frisbee and wondered why it looks the way it does or why some people care if a baseball bat is made of hemlock or ash or maple or even aluminum or graphite, then you will have fun reading this look at the science underlying sport. This reissue of a book first published in 1992 looks at 16 sports from billiards to surfing.
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The Physics of Baseball
By Robert Kemp Adair
Published May 2002
Grades: 6-8; 9-12
Subjects: Science & Technology
This third edition of a classic has been revised, updated, and expanded. The author, a former physics professor at Yale, examines aspects of the game: the flight of baseballs, the swing of the bat, pitching, batting, bats, running, fielding, and throwing. The book contains many charts, graphs, diagrams, and formulae.
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