INTRODUCTION:

 

PICTURES:

 

FACTS:

  • Chicago Cubs Win World Series - Text + Audio + Video - 3 November 2016
    "The Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series for the first time since 1908 early Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.
    It ended one of the longest title droughts in professional sports history."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Why Do Baseball Managers Wear Uniforms?
    "Basketball and hockey coaches wear suits. Football coaches sometimes wear suits too, but often wear team-branded jackets.
    Some wear ill-fitting pleated khakis, some wear sweatshirts, and Tom Landry, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys,
    was never seen coaching without his trademark fedora hat.
    So why, then, do baseball managers always wear uniforms?"

    (neatorama.com)

  • New York City Baseball Program Improves Children's Lives - Text + Audio + Video - 19 August 2016
    "An East Harlem community around East 101st Street has a baseball program celebrating its 25th anniversary.
    The program is helping inner-city students succeed."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • All-Girls Baseball Team in Seattle Makes History - Text + Audio + Video - 24 May 2016
    "The 1992 film “A League of Their Own” tells the story of the first all-women’s professional baseball league in the United States.
    One of the league's best teams was the Rockford Peaches.
    The Peaches trended on social media, thanks to a baseball team of young girls from Seattle, Washington."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Giancarlo Stanton signs US record $325m deal with Miami Marlins - 18 November 2014
    "Giancarlo Stanton has agreed the most expensive ever deal in United States sport by signing a £208m ($325m) 13-year contract with Miami Marlins."

    (BBC)



    Nightengale: Marlins buy credibility with Stanton deal - 17 November 2014 - with a video
    "The Marlins signed All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a record 13-year, $325 million contract Monday...
    Not only will it be the richest contract in baseball history, eclipsing Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million deal,
    but the richest by any athlete in North American sports history."

    (usatoday.com)

 

 

SUPERSTITIONS and RITUALS:

 

VOCABULARY:

 

LISTENING:

  • Chicago Cubs Win World Series - Text + Audio + Video - 3 November 2016
    "The Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series for the first time since 1908 early Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.
    It ended one of the longest title droughts in professional sports history."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • New York City Baseball Program Improves Children's Lives - Text + Audio + Video - 19 August 2016
    "An East Harlem community around East 101st Street has a baseball program celebrating its 25th anniversary.
    The program is helping inner-city students succeed."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • All-Girls Baseball Team in Seattle Makes History - Text + Audio + Video - 24 May 2016
    "The 1992 film “A League of Their Own” tells the story of the first all-women’s professional baseball league in the United States.
    One of the league's best teams was the Rockford Peaches.
    The Peaches trended on social media, thanks to a baseball team of young girls from Seattle, Washington."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Leaves Wonderful Expressions - Text + Audio + Video
    "Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra was known as much for how he created original phrases in English as for his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees. He has died at age 90."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • A Big Day for US Sports Fans - Text + Audio - 6 April 2015
    "Millions of Americans will attend opening day of Major League Baseball, a league of professional baseball players, on April 6.
    Then, at night, millions of people will watch on television as Duke University and the University of Wisconsin battle
    for the National Collegiate Athletic Association."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Baseball - with AUDIO
    (learnamericanenglishonline.com)

 

  • Play Ball! Baseball is America's 'National Pastime' - AUDIO + SCRIPT 
    "A look at baseball’s influence on music and poetry in the United States. Sing along - and practice your American English - as we head for the ball park." 

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

CONVERSATION QUESTIONS:

 

ACTIVITIES TO PRINT:

  • Sports Equipment - "Label the baseball, tennis, and golf equipment"
    (Enchanted Learning)

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES:

 

LESSON PLANS:

 

WEBQUESTS:

  • Baseball All Star WebQuest
    "Have you ever played baseball or softball?  As you work through this Quest, you will see many different sides of the game and how it has changed alongside the history of the United States.  Even if you've never played the game, this trip will help you make a baseball legacy."
    (sites.google.com)

 

  • Baseball WebQuest
    "In this WebQuest you will be working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore Webpages from people all over the world who care about Baseball..."

    (kn.att.com)
  • WebQuest: Baseball Webquest
    "The WebQuest contains information about the skills, rules, and regulations of the game of baseball...
    The students will learn various skills, regulations, and vocabulary about baseball." 

    (zunal.com)

 

  • WebQuest: History of Baseball
    "Students will have the opportunity to discover key events and people of America's favorite pasttime, baseball."

    (zunal.com)

 

  • A Baseball TEAM - Webquest
    "When Roberto Clemente first left Puerto Rico he was very surprised by all the new things he saw. Going to new cities and playing in different stadiums was exciting for Roberto and now you are going to share in that excitement. You will “travel” to different cities and explore their baseball teams and stadiums."

    (methuen.k12.ma.us)


IDIOMS:

  • TALK2US: Baseball Terms in English Idioms - a video
    "Caty Weaver and Ashley Thompson talk about some common baseball terms that have entered everyday conversation in English idioms."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

CARTOONS and COMICS:

 

 

POEMS:

 

VIDEOS:

  • Chicago Cubs Win World Series - Text + Audio + Video - 3 November 2016
    "The Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series for the first time since 1908 early Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.
    It ended one of the longest title droughts in professional sports history."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • New York City Baseball Program Improves Children's Lives - Text + Audio + Video - 19 August 2016
    "An East Harlem community around East 101st Street has a baseball program celebrating its 25th anniversary.
    The program is helping inner-city students succeed."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Leaves Wonderful Expressions - Text + Audio + Video
    "Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra was known as much for how he created original phrases in English as for his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees. He has died at age 90."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 


CINEMA:

 

  • A League of Their Own
    "Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry."

    (imdb.com)

 

  • Hard Ball with Keanu Reeves
    "An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend."

    (imdb.com)

 

  • Mr 3000
    "Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal."
    (imdb.com)