Tuesday, December 3, 2013

School Age Story/Craft: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

“Join us for stories, songs, and crafts celebrating America’s national sport.”(Ages 4-9)
A fun, yet educational program, inclusive of women’s role in the sport.

Music playing as they come in: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (track 20 on Kidsongs 25th Anniversary Album.)

As children arrive: Baseball books (fiction/non-fiction) to browse, baseball word search http://www.printactivities.com/Word_Search_Puzzles/Baseball-Word-Search.html & pencils available.  
Books to display: lots of baseball books & biographies, Eight Animals Play Ball – Susan Middleton Ely (bilingual) Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds, Teammates, Song/Book: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, The Field Beyond the Outfield – Mark Teague, Summer My Father was Ten – Pat Brisson

Talk about who plays – boys/girls…mention there was a time when girls weren’t supposed to play…
Players in Pigtails – Shana Corey (Women's Professional Baseball League during WW2  -- booktalked Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen – Marissa Moss, Girl Wonder – Deborah Hopkinson, the movie: A League of Their Own)

Song (to tune "John, Jacob, Jingleheimer Schmidt" (clapping reduction) modified by Carol Simon Levin)
Katie Casey had a baseball ball and bat. 
She loved to play all day. 
Whenever she would play, the people all would say,
Katie Casey – make home base today!

“Did you ever daydream when you were supposed to be keeping your eye on the ball?...that’s what this story is about…”
Randy Riley’s Big Hit –Chris Van Dusen (booktalked: Moon ball – Jane Yolen (fantasy "eye on the ball is all"))

Song (to tune "I'm a Little Teapot" source unknown)
I love playing baseball every day.
There's nothing else I'd rather play.
When I'm up at bat the fans all cheer
when I crack the ball right out of here!

Craft Stations:
  • Die-cut visors to decorate (markers, tape, strips for headbands, print-outs of team logos)
  • Die-cut pennants to decorate (same)
  • Lace up baseball glove craft (front and back of glove, scissors, hole punch, yarn, tape) – small motor skills
  • “Baseball Buddy (http://www.dltk-kids.com/sports/mbaseballbuddy.htm)

Reading Rainbow: Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo

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