Sunday, May 1, 2011

Baseball Game

One of my studio's favorite games is the Baseball Game.  I use a printable baseball field as the game board, though you could just put post its to represent Home Plate, 1st, 2nd and 3rd base.  Next I have my student choose four players.  I have an assortment of erasers they choose from, but you could use any tokens, coins, candy, etc. . .  The student lines up his players and puts the first token (player) on home plate.

Then using any kind of flashcards you want, you have the student identify the concept.  It could be staff notes, chords, keys, musical vocabulary, rhythm, etc. .   Teachers could even use spelling words, addition problems, the possibilities are endless.  If the student fails to identify the concept correctly, they get "Strike One".  The student gets two more chances "Strike Two" and then "Strike Three, YOUR OUT!"

If the student correctly identifies the flashcard then they pick a baseball card.  The baseball card tells them if they hit a single, double, triple, home run or foul ball.

Single: Advance one base
Double: Advance two bases
Triple: Advance three bases
Home Run: Every token (player) goes home and scores                                
Foul Ball: Player must identify another card

Play progresses and you can make the game stop when the player hits a certain score or when you have finished the flashcards.

Helpful Tip:  I review Staff Notes frequently with this game, so to save time I wrote  S, D, T, HR, FB on the back of the flashcards.  Students identify the note and then turn the card over to see what they got a S (Single), D (Double), T (Triple), HR (Home Run) or FB (Foul Ball).  Now Play Ball!

Reader Suggestion:  One of my readers, Jacki, had a great idea to make the single, double, triples and home runs into rhythms.  So on the back of her cards she wrote a quarter note (single), half note (double), dotted half note (triple) and whole note (Home Run).  You could also use rest or rhythm addition.  Thanks for the great idea!
Baseball Game on TPT

Google Docs: Baseball Game

Google Docs: Baseball Cards


  1. Thanks for all your great ideas. I have used quite a few of them in my own studio. I've done a baseball game very similar to this one with my students, but instead of writing single, double, triple, etc. I put a quarter, half, dotted half or whole note for how many bases to "run". That way they get practice with naming note types as well.

  2. Thanks so much for the baseball game. It will be great to use with my sibling students.

    Your train activity was a big hit last week at lessons. It is a wonderful note naming game.

    Thank you for sharing all your creativity.

  3. Thanks for all the great compliments and I am thrilled you guys are getting use out of the games. Jackie, that is a great idea for the Baseball game. I am going to include that in the post. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I second Jackie's idea of having notes on the baseballs. Another idea would be to have any rest be an 'out'. I played the game and had a hard time getting the student out. I guess I need harder questions. Your 'up at bat' was over if you got 7 runs or one out, which ever came first !

  5. I have the students take turns answering one card at a time. We count how many runs they have at the end to determine the winner. I like the idea of having the rests be the outs!

  6. My students love this game! It was especially fun during the World Series since we are in the Dallas area! I played it with two was the pitcher and the other the batter. We used little erasers as players. They are already asking for it this season!



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