I love the Toronto Blue Jays – I will never forget watching them win the 92′ & 93′ World Series! I still have the McDonald baseball cards – would be awesome to meet the vets that made my childhood and make them sign my nerdy cards!

Each year I remain optimistic about playoffs & even if we don’t make it – I still love & support the TBJs – this is my favourite roster so far – great additions this year… Martin & Donaldson…such assets! And hello – Chris Collabello…what? Where did you come from…wherever it is I’m glad you’re here! (It’s ok that you missed some balls in the outfield – your powerful at bats sure shuts up naysayers) Don’t get me started talking about Drew, Mark & Aaron!!! I love it when Josh brings the rain & Edwin walks his parrot! WAIT – this post is about numeracy lesson ideas in baseball…lol – sorry, I get carried away because I LOVE THE JAYS!!!!!

Ok – where was I? Right numeracy ideas…so these are some questions & things you can do at the park – some ideas can be adapted to just watching it on tv. Imagine – “kids your homework today is to watch or listen to the Jays game” – kewl!

Basic Baseball Questions: these can be given all at once or periodically so that they are not overwhelmed…especially if this is their first game! Tweet them q’s to keep them engaged!

- How many balls before a player walk?
- How many strikes before a player is out?
- How many outs before the next team’s at bat?
- How many innings in a game?
- How many bases are on the field?
- How many total at bats are there per team?
- How many at bats did each Jose get? How many in total? (Bautista & Reyes)
- How many players are in the outfield? Infield?
- How many spidey catches did Pillar make?
- Who is #17?
- How many home/away players are there in total on the field?
- How many umpires are there?
- How many coaches are on the playing field? Which bases are they near?
- What is the percentage of strikes does each pitcher have by the end of the 3rd inning?
- How many pitches does the starting pitcher make before he is switched out for a relief pitcher?
- How many hits does each team have? How does that number relate to the score?

Ballpark Numeracy Tasks: here are some things that can be done at the game…if you’re going to the ballpark – arrive at least an hour before it starts so that kids can do these tasks and then actually enjoy the baseball game 🙂

- How many vendors sell hotdogs? Popcorn? Tim Horton’s coffee?
- How many entrances are there?
- How many people are wearing blue jerseys? White jerseys? Gray jerseys? Create a pie chart showing the percentages.
- How many rows are there in each section?
- How many seats per row?
- Estimate the perimeter of the playing field – how did you do this? Estimate the area – explain.
- What is the ratio of park guest to employee?
- Survey guests to determine their favourite player – illustrate using a graph (use the Numbers app on iPad)

Oh another good idea if watching baseball at home – compare the accuracy of the umpire vs the pitch tracker!!! Or if you have MLB At Bat – there is a pitch tracker there but I find there is a delay.

If you have any ideas – share below!

Yep – that’s the new Stroman bobble – he is going to light it up next year!