Do you have a son or daughter who's crazy about baseball? Can
you imagine allowing him to study about his passion and complete a thorough unit study that includes every single subject area? Your baseball fan will hug you around your neck when you pull out this Intellego Unit Study!
All of the Intellego Unit Studies are written with K-12 students in mind, but I found the Baseball study to be most appropriate for 4th-8th graders. The unit includes all academic areas at one point or another, but separate math and language arts curricula are recommended.
In seven chapters your student will learn about the sport of baseball from the
1850s to present time. Most of the chapters tackle approximately 25 years worth
of baseball history, at the same time giving your child a glimpse into American
and world history of that era. Chapter titles include:
1. Introduction to Baseball
2. The Game of Baseball 1850-1875
3. The Game or Baseball 1875-1900
4. The Game or Baseball 1900-1925
5. The Game or Baseball 1925-1950
6. The Game or Baseball 1950-1975
7. The Game or Baseball 1975-2009
Within these chapters, your
child will meet famous people, complete maps for each time
period, and learn about baseball in literature, art, and music.
Important historical topics are covered, such as African Americans
in baseball and the impact of radio and WWII on the sport. Some
chapters contain social studies topics, like the emergence of Japanese
baseball and the variety of occupations in the sport. All chapters
include some sort of science related to baseball, such as the
physics of hitting.
Nine to twelve lessons are taught within each chapter. Typically,
the parent is prompted to read an introduction; then parent
and child are asked to click on various Internet links to
learn more about the topic via articles, videos, or other
Web learning. Discussion questions are included to help you
talk with your child about the topic before diving into the
written assignment or the suggested project.
Assignments include things like creating time lines, completing
experiments, painting pictures, writing poetry, filling in
maps, and completing worksheets that are provided. At the
end of each chapter is a list of projects; these varied projects
support all the intelligences, so your child can choose one
that suits his learning style. All worksheets, assignments,
and projects are to be collected and placed into a portfolio
for a nicely finished product by the end of the unit.
You will need a printer (a color printer preferably) for
printing the worksheets that go with the lessons. Almost
all the assignments require drawing/writing materials, and
there are a few experiments that require additional common
materials. A materials list is provided near the beginning
of the unit and at the beginning of each chapter. Besides
these things, everything you need to complete the unit is
contained in the PDF file or is linked to the Internet from
The unit is provided on a CD that opens into a PDF file.
The 215-page PDF file is in full-color, with many graphics
that add to the visual appeal as well as the learning. The
unit relies heavily on safe Internet links that are often
necessary in order to fully study a topic. Because of these
links (and the intensive graphics), it's suggested that the lessons be read directly
from the computer screen.
Overall, the study is very full and includes all academic areas in a
manner that will intrigue any child interested in the sport of baseball.
The lessons, however, are directed toward the parent, which means parental
involvement seems most appropriate. A very independent student could
probably complete the unit by himself, but it might be a bit awkward
since the lessons are written to the parent.
One quick warning: Because the unit requires the use of Internet links,
those with slower Internet connections could have problems opening and/or
viewing some of the pages. The authors suggest that the parents preview
the linked sites simply because Internet content can change overnight.
The company does its best to stay on top of the links and automatically
forwards you to a new site if the original link becomes "dead" or is no longer child-friendly.