Are you looking for a way to reinforce number sense concepts with numbers to 100 in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “Organize a Baseball Tournament” is a real-life math project where students will complete eleven different math-related tasks involving time, place value, money, skip counting, arrays, and more.
Ideas for Use
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:
•a small-group or pairs activity
•a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling
•a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers
•a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher
You might choose to print specific tasks to use during Math centers, or you might make a booklet out of all of the tasks and let your students choose which one to do when.
This resource is included in PDF format for printing and in Google Slides™️ format for digital learning. This makes it useable with Google Class
Take a look at what you’ll find inside this math project:
TASK #1: TOURNAMENT ADVERTISING
You’re in charge of designing a poster to advertise the annual baseball tournament. You want to make sure that lots of fans attend.
TASK#2: THE GAME SCHEDULE
The first task is to plan the schedule! There will be four games, but you will also need to allow time for a lunch break.
Skills: time to the hour and half hour, elapsed time
TASK #3: STOCKING THE CONCESSION STAND
The concession stand will be selling lunch and snacks for the day. It’s your job to stock it up and get it ready for the day.
Skills: place value, word form, expanded form, representing numbers
TASK#4: ENTRY FEES
Each baseball team has to pay an entry fee when they arrive at the tournament. There are six teams in all.
Skills: money, making 100
TASK#5: ADMISSION COSTS
Fans have come from near and far to cheer on this year’s baseball teams! Let’s see how it’s going at the admission gate.
Skills: skip-counting, using 5 and 10
TASK #6: PLAY BALL
The tournament has begun! Let’s take a look at what’s happening on a few of the baseball diamonds.
Skills: arrays, representing numbers, addition
TASK #7: SKILLS COMPETITION
The skills competition is a fun way for the players to compete in hitting, throwing, and running contests.
Skills: interpreting data on a bar graph, comparing data, base ten blocks, addition, picture graph, skip-counting by 5’s
TASK #8: SLUGGER’S CONCESSION STAND
Welcome to Slugger’s Concession Stand – where we’ll hit your lunch order out of the park! Let’s look at some of the orders from the day.
Skills: money, addition
TASK #9: SOLVING CHALLENGES
When you organize a big tournament like this, there are sure to be some problems throughout the day!
Skills: problem-solving, time, representing numbers, addition and subtraction
TASK #10: TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
The tournament is over and it’s time to figure out who won!
Skills: using clues to eliminate information
TASK #11: DAILY REVENUE
The tournament was a huge success! Now you will need to figure out if you made enough money to cover the day’s expenses.
Skills: word form, revenue or expense, addition, subtraction
*This section will serve as an extra challenge using numbers in the thousands in some parts.**
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