Friday, June 01, 2007

Podcast #86 - Play Ball! : Baseball in the Curriculum

Hello. I had my last day of school last week so it's time to think about summer and recharging the batteries. Personally, there's no better way to relax than heading out to the ballpark and watching a baseball game. So today we're talking about baseball and how it can be used in the classroom. This podcast is also special because my 3 year old daughter does the introduction and shows off her singing voice.

We start with a great book to add to your summer reading list "The Soul of Baseball - A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America" by Joe Posnanski. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this uplifting book. I bought it on a Saturday morning and finished it by Monday. It is a must read. It will make you cry, laugh and just make you feel good.

The next item is a great find from the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri. A couple of weeks ago I attended an event at the Truman Library and as I left through the gift shop I noticed a folder for sale marked "Presidents and America's Pastime - A Selection of Baseball Documents from the Presidential Libraries". For $10 you get full color scans on quality paper from 12 presidents relating to the topic of baseball. There are a variety of uses for this resource in the classroom.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has numerous educational resources available for teachers. The Hall of Fame has created thematic units on the following topics: geography, math, leadership, science, pop culture, civil rights, special abilities, cultural diversity, communication arts, economics, character education, fine arts, labor history, women's history and industrial technology. The Hall of Fame also has opportunities for video conferencing, electronic field trips, a podcast and a "Baseball in the Classroom Blog". Check it out if you can't take your class to Copperstown.

If you enjoy baseball you must check out the "Baseball History Podcast" from Bob Wright. This great podcast has been produced on a regular basis for the past two years and discusses this week in baseball history, biographies of players and famous figures in baseball and various tidbits about baseball. Also check out the interview with Bob Wright on the Podcast 411 podcast.

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