Activity One

Activity Two Activity Three Activity Four Links


Go Yankees


Activity Three: The Press Box

“Mickey Mantle stood at the top of the list in every category that baseball looks for in a player,

 running, hitting, hitting with power, and defense.

  It is no wonder that he became one of America’s true sport’s legends”

 Earl Weaver on Mickey Mantle- quote located by Yvette, class 502

Mickey Mantle t-shirt  design created by class 6-107


Hearing a student say, “Everybody loves Derek Jeter, he is number one” inspire this activity I call  "The Press Box". Here students will take on the role of an Internet, newspaper or magazine reporter in search of discovering who is the all time favorite Yankee.   Students will write a survey/questionnaire and poll classmates and schoolmates, and students from other schools. The data collected will be tabulated, organizing into charts and graphs, interpreted and presented.  Student will then publish their findings.

Calendar of Home Games:

A Timeline

A total of five 50-minute periods are needed, one for each part of this activity: writing the survey, conducting the survey, tabulating the data, organizing the data into charts and graphs, and presenting the findings.


Warm-Up Pitches:

Advanced Preparation

Students need to know how to write and conduct a survey, how to make frequency charts, and how to read and interpret tables and graphs.  How to use Excel is valuable but not necessary.  Advanced students will benefit from lessons in determining the reliability of population samples, identifying misleading statistics and graphs, and in finding standard deviation.

The Batter’s Box:

Materials Needed

 Student generated surveys, a target population, and computer or pen and paper for charting, graphing, and presenting the findings.  Microsoft Excel and a printer are optional.  Internet Access is needed if student choose to poll classrooms outside the classroom.


Getting On Base:


Survey, target population, sample population, chart, line graph, bar graph, circle graph, x-axis, y-axis, frequency, frequency table, percent, mean, median, mode, range, and standard deviation.


Complete listing of baseball terms


Baseball and physics dictionary


Rules and regulations great listing of baseball terms vocabulary


Hitting for the Cycle:


    Brainstorm-Ask the students, "Who is your favorite New York Yankee and why?" , and "How can we find out who is the most popular New York Yankee?"   http://mlb.mlb.com/ Official Sites Major League Baseball- scoreboard, stats, standings, players, teams

    Students work in groups to create a survey that will answer the question “Who is the number one New York Yankee.”  The survey can be as simple as state your favorite Yankee or as complicated as limiting the response to a particular season game or position.  Surveys can contain a complete or limited list of players 

    Students work in groups to create a survey that will answer the question “Who is the number one New York Yankee.”  The survey can be as simple as state your favorite Yankee or as complicated as limiting the response to a particular season game or position.  Surveys can contain a complete or limited list of player

    Decide on a target population

    Assign small groups of students to conduct the survey in the sample population.  For example group A surveys the fourth graders, group B the fifth graders and group C the sixth graders

    Individual groups tabulate, chart, graph, and interpret their findings

    The class as a whole tabulates, charts, graphs, and interprets the combined findings of each group

    Display finished charts and graphs

    Discuss the merits of using a sample population to obtain data.

    Students write a response of defense or rejection of the findings

The Pitcher’s Mound:

Web Sites of Interest


Student Work
Student Baseball Cards
Includes samples of student surveys and graphs

The Scoreboard:

Rubrics and other Assessment Tools

Who Will Make the All Star Team: Rating the Graph 


Grand Slam

Goes Beyond Expectations-all requirements are met and additional information, pictures and other graphics are included. Graphs are accurate and well designed.  Work is neat, colorful and well organized.   Students demonstrates outstanding team spirit



Home Run

Meets all Expectations- all requirements are met.  Graphs are accurate and well designed. The work is neat organized.  Student demonstrates excellent team spirit.




Meets Most Expectations:  one major requirement is missing. One or two minor requirements are missing. Graphs are accurate.  Work is neat and organized.  Student demonstrates good team spirit.




Meets Some Expectations:  Two major requirements are missing.  Three minor requirements are missing. Format/organization needs work. Student demonstrates good team spirit.



Falls Below Expectations:  Three or more major requirements are missing. Four or more minor requirements are missing. Work lacks organization. Student does not always demonstrate good team spirit



Strike Out

No attempt is made. Student demonstrates poor team spirit 


Comments and Suggestions: ______________________________________________________________________________________


 Additional Assessment Ideas:

           Assessment of the survey can be based on evaluating how well the students conducted the survey and tabulated the results.  And how well they worked within the group.

            Assessment of the graphs involves looking to see that all parts of the graph are included, (Titles, x-axis, y-axis, percents, etc.); the graph is readable, serves the intended purpose and is appropriate.

            Classroom Observation and anecdotal notes

            Conducting one-to-one interviews


Homework and Extension Activities

        Students poll their families and friends to create new graphs

        Students create line graphs, Venn diagrams, or compare and contrast graphs involving two or more players.

        Students use the data obtain from the classroom survey to create an assortment of  graphs

        Students defend their choice of graph


The Seventh Inning Stretch:

Extension Activities for Group Work

        Students debate the validity of their findings and statistics in general

        Students post their findings and completed surveys and graphs on a web page

        Students use the Internet to poll children in other schools, cities, or countries

        Students in groups research the most popular players, and compare their statistics

        Students create different kinds of graphs discuss which format is the most effective and why.


Comments from the Coach:

Tips for Teachers

        Ask for permission to conduct surveys outside the classroom

        If you need to conduct surveys in other classrooms as the teacher first

        Provide students with clip boards to hold the surveys

        Advise students of the role of a pollster and the type of behavior required

        Explore the use of graphs in the media

        Remind students that people are entitled to their own opinion

        Explore and discuss how surveys are used in real life

        Explore how the results of a survey can be unreliable or misleading


Post-Game Locker Room Interview:

Personal Reflections

Students love to communicate their thoughts and to find out what other people are thinking and feeling.  Students who have a personal stake in presenting findings are more apt to pay attention to the details involved.  Excitement over successful graphing one kind of graph that means something the students does in fact inspire them to want to learn about other ways of graphing data. And as simplistic as it seems, students learn best when they are engage and feel a personal stake in the outcome.

The Home Plate Umpire:

The Standards

Students will:

        Communicate mathematically

        Connect math to the real world

        Collect, tabulate, organize, and interpret data

        Draw and interpret charts and graphs

        Present a display of information

        Assess reliability in statistics

        Make informed judgments

        Find standard deviation

        Read and write surveys

        Prepare and deliver group presentations

        Work cooperatively with others on a "team"

        Demonstrate good sportsmanship

        Employ appropriate forms of technology efficiently and effectively

        Manage time appropriately to meet deadlines