Baseball - America's Pastime
Internet Lesson Plan
Grade level: 5-8
To use Internet resources to explore interesting topics related to baseball,
At the end of the unit, the participant will be able to:
• Determine the difference between statements that can be supported by
evidence and those that are only a claim.
• Create a timeline of baseball's history.
• Find facts about Jackie Robinson's life to create an epitaph.
• Write a newspaper article commemorating Robinson's break into baseball.
• List other African American players who were first in their sport.
• Create a biographical sketch about a baseball player.
• Survey the class for name recognition of other first African Americans in
sports and graph the results.
• Write a sports column about similar barriers that both Jackie Robinson and
Tiger Woods had to overcome.
• Compare the salaries of Jackie Robinson and Albert Belle.
• Create a bar graph showing the differences in salaries based on
Consumer Price Index information.
• Design an informative brochure for the All American Girl's Professional
• Create a female league including name, home city, mascot, slogan, and
• Complete a chart describing new ballparks being planned.
• Create an advertising campaign for a ballpark of the future.
Two to three weeks, 1/2 hour to 1 hour on-line each day.
Students should work in pairs or small cooperative groups and use Internet
stations to research topics. Print the pages when necessary to complete the
activities off-line. Products that are a result of student research can be stored in
their folders for evaluation at the end of the activities. Encourage students to do
additional research both off-line and on-line.
These activities are designed to be interdisciplinary so students see connections
between different subject areas. Activities deal with each the subject area;
however, students will complete tasks that are cross-curricula