Geometry: Circling the Bases

Unit Overview

"The shallow left field fence, the deep right field, the deep center field, the short porch in left. Did I think about those things when I was on the mound? Every minute."

- Bill Lee, Major League Pitcher 1969-1982

One of the great features of baseball stadiums and fields is that no two are alike. Outfielders need to know the dimensions and special characteristics of the fields in which they play to help them decide how to field the ball - do they play the fly ball off the wall or try to jump and catch it for an out? Spend time in a dugout full of shapes, area, perimeter, diameter, and other aspects of geometry while learning about some of the "angles" of playing baseball.

About the Curriculum

All of the lessons and activities that you will find below have been prepared to accompany "Geometry: Circling the Bases." You will find that the curriculum is organized into three levels: Level 1 for elementary school students, Level 2 for middle school students, and Level 3 for high school students. Feel free to pick and choose lessons from multiple levels if you feel that your students are ready for a challenge or would benefit from a review.

Within each level you will find both pre-visit lessons and post-visit lessons. We strongly encourage you to use these materials before your visit or videoconference. We've found that students understand and learn so much more if they are prepared before their Hall of Fame experience.

Click on the links to view Adobe Acrobat documents, which you can easily print or save for later use. All lessons are aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Level 1 - Rookie

Elementary Level Overview & Table of Contents
Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit) What's Your Angle?
Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit) A Diamond Filled with Shapes
Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit) Perimeter & Area
Lesson 4 On-Site Visit - or - Videoconference
Lesson 5 (Post-Visit) Circling the Bases

Level 2 - Intermediate

Intermediate Level Overview & Table of Contents
Lesson 1 (Pre-Visit) Ballpark Figures - Part 1
Lesson 2 (Pre-Visit) Ballpark Figures - Part 2
Lesson 3 (Pre-Visit) Ballpark Figures - Part 3
Lesson 4 On-Site Visit - or - Videoconference

Level 3 - Advanced

Coming Soon!

Participating in a Videoconference?

Click here for a copy of the Circling the Bases Videoconference checklist.