Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure Extension Activity
After reading the book on baseball great Babe Ruth, students participate in three activities to continue the learning.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
About this book
1. If you could travel to another time and place, where would you like to go? What would you hope to see there? Joe used his baseball cards to travel to 1932; use your imagination to come up with a way you would travel to and from your destination.
Students may wish to write their own time-travel stories to share with classmates, using Babe & Me as a model.
2. Make an illustrated map showing the places in New York City and Chicago that Joe travels to in 1932. You should use the photographs in the book as models for some of your drawings and use your imagination to re-create the others. You might want to include the following: Hooverville, the Ansonia Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Station, and Wrigley Field.
This activity emphasizes the historical places mentioned throughout the novel. By creating a map, students will gain a better understanding of the geography and history in the novel, and be better able to visualize the corresponding scenes in the story.
3. Imagine that after their trip to 1932, Joe's dad wrote his son a note to express his thoughts and feelings about his son and their time-travel experience. What would he say? How would he explain his past behavior, and would he promise to act differently in the future? Write a letter from Mr. Stoshack's point of view to his son Joe.
The trip to 1932 helped to heal the relationship between Mr. Stoshack and his son, and Mr. Stoshack's letter would reflect this. Mr. Stoshack would likely apologize for his past neglect of his son, explaining that he was afraid that his son would be disappointed in him. He probably felt like a failure, as a father and husband, and it was easier to stay away from his son than to face up to the poor relationship between them. He would promise to be more involved in his son's life, attending his baseball games and spending time together.