Baseball

4th Grade Oral Language Resources

Content Objectives

Students will:

• Learn about baseball.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the significance of baseball.
• Explore and apply the concept of baseball.

Language Objectives

Students will:

• Demonstrate an understanding of baseball.
• Orally use words that describe baseball.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about baseball.
• Use key concept words [mound, baseball, pitcher, strike, homerun, slide, steal, catcher, glove, uniform, cap, helmet, team, base, bat, umpire; Hall of Fame].

Other

Explain

• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about baseball:
• What is baseball
• What are the rules of baseball
• What are the positions in baseball.
• What equipment is needed in baseball.
• What do you win in baseball.
• What is the Hall of Fame.

Model

• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photo? (team sitting on field). How many people are on the field? (thirty• two).
• Ask students: Who is the guy wearing the jacket? (manager).
• Say: Baseball is known as America's national pastime. Every year from spring to fall, a lot of hopes and dreams are in the air as the baseball season is in session. Many fans wear their favorite player's shirt and team's hat and go out to the games. At the games you can eat cracker jack, cotton candy, or popcorn. There is a famous song that is sung at almost every baseball stadium. Do you know what that song is? (Take me out to the ball game).

Guided Practice

• Guide students through the next five slides, showing them the concepts of baseball. Always have students describe what is going on in the photo.

Apply

• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about what happens if a player is hurt. After the second game, have them discuss whether they slid onto base or were tagged out. After the third gave, ask students if they would rather play or be an umpire.

Close

• Ask students: Would you like to be a baseball player? Explain.
• Summarize for students that baseball stadiums can hold tens of thousands of people. So imagine how loud it gets when fans start cheering! Since baseball is a very popular sport, many people want to be baseball players. Thus, many baseball players are role models and donate money to charities and visit schools. Encourage them to think about how they would help out if they were a famous baseball player.