Baseball Day Knocks It Out of the Park

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Major League Baseball’s opening day festivities paled in comparison to all the baseball-themed learning activities at St. James Elementary School on April 3.

Donning their favorite baseball team attire, fourth-grade students celebrated the start of a new baseball season by participating in Baseball Day which featured math, literacy, science, music and art lessons. Students dissected the poem “Casey at the Bat” and answered questions and read biographies about famous baseball players. Classes listened to the famous comedy act “Who’s on First?” by Abbott and Costello and tried to determine who was at each position. Students also wrote their own poems to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

In an hands-on science experiment, students had to bounce a tennis ball, baseball, softball, ping pong ball, golf ball and whiffle ball to predict and measure its bounce height. The fourth-graders listened to “The Greatest” by Kenny Rogers and wrote their thoughts on the song’s meaning on their own baseballs. The students practiced fractions and ordering during their math lesson to determine innings played by different baseball players. During their physical education classes, students headed to the fields to play ball.