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Design Your Own Baseball Card

Students identify a special quality or trait they have and create baseball cards showcasing this characteristic. They give examples of how this quality has helped them succeed.

PROCESS:

  1. After reading the article, pose the following question to the class: Do you think having a mustache can really make someone a better baseball player or do you think this is just an interesting way to look at statistics? Invite students to share their opinions.
  2. Inform the class that, whether or not there is a logical connection, a connection has been made. According to these statistics, teams with more facial hair outperform their competitors.
  3. Encourage students to identify a quality or trait they have that—logically or not—could be interpreted in this same way. What makes them special?
  4. Point out that some of the images might be ones you would see on baseball cards. Baseball cards are like really short biographies. They show an image and the name of the player on the front and reveal vital information about the player's career on the back.
  5. Provide each student with a blank index card and access to drawing supplies. Then give students time to create their own baseball cards. Instruct them to write their names and draw a picture of themselves that shows their special quality on the front. This quality can be as real or imaginative as they like. Tell students to give examples of how the quality has helped them on the back. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their cards with the class. You may even wish to make copies so students can trade their cards and learn more about their peers. Use this activity as an opportunity to highlight students' special talents and promote bonding and acceptance within the class.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:   

Grades 3-4:
Instruct students to identify one example of how their special quality has helped them succeed. Have them write a detailed description of that instance on the back of their cards. 

Grades 5-6:
Instruct students to identify three examples of how their special quality has helped them succeed. Have them summarize each instance on the back of their cards.

Grades 7-8:
Instruct students to identify three examples of how their special quality has helped them succeed. Have them write a detailed description of each instance on the back of their cards. Then challenge students to identify three famous people with this same ability. If necessary, provide time for them to conduct research. Tell students to list the famous people on the back of their cards. 

Grades 9-10:
Instruct students to identify three examples of how their special quality has helped them succeed. Have them summarize each instance on the back of their cards. Then challenge students to identify three famous people with this same ability. If necessary, provide time for them to conduct research. Tell students to list the famous people and summarize each person's top achievement on the back of their cards.