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# LESSON 4: Baseball Math

STUDENT PRINTABLE 4: “Baseball Math”

TIME REQUIRED: One 40-minute class period

LESSON OBJECTIVE: Through examples featuring baseball statistics, students will apply basic math skills and understand how graphs help to represent numeric information.

LESSON STEPS:

1. Tell students that in sports and in life, people keep track of facts and information through groups or sets of numbers called statistics. In sports, statistics can represent touchdowns, points, runs, etc. Types of statistics outside of sports include size, income, population, etc.

2. Distribute Printable 4 “Baseball Math” and read the instructions aloud. Have students look over the graph on the page.

3. Ask students what information is displayed in the bar graph (how many hits and who made them). Explain that the information on the left side (vertical axis) of the graph and the bottom (horizontal axis) of the graph tells you what statistics are being shown.

4. Instruct students to answer the questions on the printable. Once everyone has finished, review the answers as a class.

1. 9 players
2. 295 more hits
3. about 182 hits per season

5. Have students create their own bar graph following the instructions at the bottom right of the printable.

EXTENSION:
Divide students into small groups to research average annual income statistics in the United States. Possible areas of research include people with different levels of education, different occupations, different age groups, etc. Have groups represent their findings in a bar graph, and make presentations to the class.

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