Sunday, May 5, 2013

Swing Batta!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Our students are challenged to read nightly in a school-wide reading incentive program.  Those who participate earn privileges and rewards at school.  If you missed my post about Hit the Books, you can read it here.  

The most recent reward took place Saturday night at a Senators Baseball Game. To earn two free tickets to a the game, students had to complete the reading challenge every month from September through March.  

We gathered at the field prior to the start of the game.  Students received on-field recognition for their reading accomplishment.  They ran the perimeter of the outfield in front of the crowd!

Then it was time to watch some serious baseball!  I sat in the stands with the kids which was super fun.  I love seeing them outside of the classroom setting.  Their personalities really shine!  

Home Run Baseball Books

Speaking of baseball, here are a few of my favorite baseball read-alouds:

Bats at the Ballgame:  Do you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America's national pastime?  Join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete.  I love all the "Bats" books!

Baseball from A to Z:  Learning about baseball has never been so much fun! This energetic alphabet book covers all the bases of America's favorite pastime.  (Great for primary!)

H is for Home Run, A Baseball Alphabet:  As you go from A to Z in this baseball alphabet, there are all sorts of details about the game of baseball and the great players who have played it over the years.  (Great for intermediate!)

Mighty Jackie, the Strike-Out Queen: This is a true story of female baseball player, Jackie Mitchell, who made history in 1931 when she struck out two of baseball's greatest athletes, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This is a gem of a story that will capture the interest of boys and girls alike.

Poem Runs, Baseball Poems and Paintings:  This collection of baseball poems brings wit and laughter to America's favorite pastime.  Your kids will love this book!

A Baseball Freebie

Here's a baseball-themed freebie just for you!  

What are your favorite baseball books?  Leave a comment and share and your favorite baseball activities and books.  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Thanks for the freebie, I love finding new sport themed items. One of my favorites is "Bats at the Ballgame." Another favorite is "Brothers at Bat" which is based on a true story.

    ~Diving Into Learning

  2. I always like finding new theme books so thanks for mentioning all those great ones! Thanks for the great freebie!

    Love to Learn