Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baseball Geography

Experts say that in order for the children to learn, it needs to be meaningful.

What's more meaningful to many of our students this time of year (especially our little boys) than baseball?

Experts also say that skills will develop and knowledge will deepen with "a little bit every day" rather than one big lesson, than never touching on it again. It's important for us to keep coming back to a skill in order for it to "stick"!

Therefore, I give my kids a "Baseball Geography" question each day for them to figure out each morning. I put the question in my morning letter, and make sure the maps are where the children can find them.

Around here, it's all about the Red Sox. I keep track of the Red Sox schedule, and come up with something related to put in the morning letter.



Since they play the same team for 3 days in a row, I have to think of 3 different questions to ask.  That's not too tough!

I've also asked these questions about Texas:


Of course, as the season progresses, the teams come back together.
There are always more questions to be asked, such as:


Yes, my second graders can do this! I have taught the children that the weather gets warmer as they get closer to the equator and cooler as they get closer to the poles.  Once they know that, they can draw some conclusions about weather patterns!

I have found that the kiddos love this!  They can't wait for the next question, and want to spend extra time looking at the maps! Sometimes, they even make up the questions for the next day!
That's my favorite part... when they really start thinking about maps and places!

In a few weeks, I'll add some baseball math :)

Don't you love my little baseball smiley guys by Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs?

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