The game of baseball lends itself to many learning
opportunities for your students. I used to have my
students pick a team out of a baseball hat and then do
research on how the team got it's name. I also used this
derivation of the team nickname activity for basketball
teams. The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers were my favorite
How did the Los Angeles Dodgers get their name? (Answer
Following a baseball team's road games enhanced my
students' geography skills. I would have them figure out
location and distance between the cities they had to
travel to. The use of a map of the United States and
Canada really illustrated this. I also used a beach ball
that had a map of the United States and the top part of
Canada. A student would say that their favorite team was
playing in a certain city. They would toss the beach ball
to another student who would have to show where that city
was. Then that student would pick another city and toss
the ball. . .
I also had the students do research on the birthplaces of
their favorite teams players.
Following sports also can enhance math skills having them
compute batting averages, runs batted in and the different
pitching statistics as well as team standings.
(The Los Angeles Dodgers came from Brooklyn, New York.
Brooklyn is the most populated borough in the city of New
York. The streets were filled with people "dodging" the
On the Baseball page on my website I have links to
a lot of sites that can help you use baseball as a