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Monday, June 3, 2013


It's baseball season and time to sing an old song!  You can actually download a free copy of this song on my website ( this month.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(Traditional Tune - "Happy Everything" CD)
Take me out to the ball game.         (Hand in fist as if cheering.)
Take me out to the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts                     (Hold up one palm and then other.)
and Cracker Jacks.
I don’t care if we never get back,  (Shake head “no.”)
For I’ll root, root, root for the home team.   (Cheer with hand in the air.)
If they don’t win it’s a shame.         (Open up palms and shake head.)
For it’s one, two, three strikes       (Hold up fingers as you count and
You’re out!                                        then stick up thumb like “out.”)
At the old ball game.    

Cracker Jacks Book  - Cut the front and back off a bag or box of Cracker Jacks.  Cut paper the size of the bag and give each child a piece.  Let them draw and write what prize they would like to find in a box of Cracker Jacks.

Piggy Peanut Relay  - Children take off their shoes and one member from each team at a time picks up a peanut in their toes and walks to a designated spot and back.  They can't use their hands, but it's fun to watch them try to manipulate the peanut with their piggies.
(If children have peanut allergies, you might be able to use another small object such as a counting bear.)

Root?  Use this "teachable moment" to talk about the different meanings of the word "root."  Can children think of synonyms for "root"?         

Sports Day – Invite children to wear T-shirts of their favorite team to school one Friday.  Those who play baseball, soccer, or another sport could wear their uniforms.  Children could also bring balls and sports equipment for a special play time.
Hint!  Make visors of your favorite baseball team from paper plates.
Sports Stars –You can use sports magazines or the sports section from a newspaper for this project.  Each child cuts out an athlete they would like to be.  Have them cut out the athlete’s face and glue a small picture of their face in its place.  Children can write a story about what they would do if they were a famous athlete. 

Skill Baseball - Take four squares of paper and write "Home," "First," "Second," and "Third" on them.  Arrange them on a diamond shape on the floor.  Divide the class into two teams.  One child at a time comes up to home plate as the teacher pitches (holds up) a flash card.  If the child can identify the information she moves on to first.  If she doesn't know the answer that's an "out" for her team.  
*You might want to have a 5 run limit per inning or the game could go on and on.