Beacon Lesson Plan Library
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Gretchen Witherspoon Bay District Schools
Description
This game can be used to practice solving realworld math problems of any type of particular operation. The game can be used to assess students' mastery of selecting the appropriate operation to solve specific problems.
Objectives
The student selects the appropriate operation to solve specific problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and division of whole numbers.
The student adds, subtracts, and multiplies whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, including mixed numbers, and divides whole numbers to solve realworld problems, using appropriate methods of computing, such as mental mathematics, paper and pencil, and calculator.
Materials
Various types of realworld math problems labeled first, second, third base, or home run
Anecdotal checklist of student performance while at bat
Preparations
1. Prepare realworld questions that reinforce current math concepts. Label simple, onestep problems as first and second base questions . Label twostep problems and word problems as third base and home run questions.
2. Select various computation procedure(s) allowed while at bat (i.e.,can be worked at the board, completed using a calculator, or using mental math) and label the questions accordingly.
3. Develop a checklist of the types of problems included in each game (one and twostep problems, word problems, etc.).
4. Establish time limit for the game (number of at bats, number of innings, or length of time.)
Procedures
1. Meet with the class to establish rules for the game.*
2. Divide the class into two teams.
3. Arrange first, second, third, and home bases in different parts of the room.
4. Pitch the first question by choosing a question from the box.
5. Tell students what type of question it is  first, second, third base, or home run.
6. Allow the student three tries to correctly answer the question.
7. After answering the question correctly, the child takes the appropriate base(s).
8. Replace questions in the box at the end of each inning.
9. Add to the questions in the box as the year progresses.
*Explain to the students the computation procedures allowed while at bat. For example,
a) Simple math problems (one step addition, subtraction, and multiplication) are completed with mental math.
b) Other problems may be done on the board if needed.
c) Calculators may be used on problems dealing with percentages.
Assessments
An anecdotal checklist will be used to help evaluate students' mastery of different types of problems. It will also help determine which students need additional remediation time for selected problems.
Keeping a checklist of the students, the types of problems they received (one and twostep problems, word problems, etc.), and if they got the answers correct, will provide ongoing evidence about students' abilities to choose the correct operation and solve realworld problems using an appropriate computing method.
