Videoconference Curriculum

Welcome, Teachers!

Below you will find a listing of all of the programs currently available for a Hall of Fame videoconference.

Click on the modules below to find Lesson Plans that you may print out for use in your own classroom. Each lesson comes with directions, activity suggestions, and reproducible handouts. The materials available here can enrich your videoconference experience with the Baseball Hall of Fame. You may also use these materials independently to help you teach a variety of subjects using baseball as a catalyst. Please feel free to tailor these plans to your students’ needs. Each subject unit contains lessons appropriate for students in grades 2-12 unless otherwise noted.

All of our lesson plans are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. Additionally, many of our lessons support Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) learning goals. If you have any questions about our curriculum, please contact us.

Character Education

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Character Education: The Iron Horse

Character attributes such as perseverance, courage, humility, respect, leadership and citizenship are highlighted as students explore the life of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. Recommended for students in grades 3-6.


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Statistics: Batter Up!

Examine how mathematical concepts, such as addition, subtraction, fractions and decimals apply to baseball. Students play an interactive baseball game to test their skills!

Geometry: Circling the Bases

Examine how geometric concepts, such as circumference, area, perimeter and diameter apply to baseball. Students play an interactive baseball game to test their skills!

Economics: Business of Baseball

Learn about the ever-changing value of a dollar and explore other economic laws and concepts related to the National Pastime.

Museum Studies

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How the Hall of Fame Works

One of our newest video conferences is How The Hall of Fame Works. Geared to students in grades 4-12, this module features an in-depth virtual tour of the Museum, an examination of how artifacts are obtained and processed, and an explanation of the Hall of Fame’s rules for election.

Students will learn about such themed exhibits on African-American, Latino, and women’s history, and the process by which World Series artifacts come to Cooperstown.


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Physical Science: Science on the Sandlot

Explore aerodynamics, the physics of friction, forces of motion and other fascinating factors present in the game of baseball.

Health Science: Be A Superior Example (BASE)

Students explore how decisions related to food, exercise,and performance enhancing substances affect their overall physical, mental, and social well being. Through lessons and activities that reinforce positive decision making, participants gain an understanding of tools that are needed to succeed in athletics and life, and how they can Be a Superior Example in their own community.

Social Studies

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American History Through Baseball Uniforms

One of our newest video conference offerings is American History Through Baseball Uniforms. Geared to students in grades 6-12, this module studies the history of baseball uniforms and how uniform changes often reflect key events in American history during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Students will learn about the early use of wool uniforms, the addition of a “Health” patch during World War II, the influence of color television on the appearance of uniforms, and the adoption of polyester as the fabric of choice over wool and flannel.

Civil Rights: Before you could say "Jackie Robinson"

Explore American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement where stories of honor, courage, and perseverance are brought to life.

Cultural Diversity: Diversity in the Dugout

Discover how America’s National Pastime takes on unique flavors worldwide as cultures come together at the ballpark.

Geography: Baseball Coast to Coast

Visit some of baseball’s most famous stadiums while learning about geographical concepts such as direction, scale, regions,transportation and population.

Labor History: Hardballs and Handshakes

Behind the big salaries are complex negotiations between labor and management. Students compare and contrast models of resolving differences by exploring player organizations in baseball’s labor history. Recommended for students in grades 9-12.

Pop Culture Through Baseball Cards and Language

The Hall of Fame’s 14th and newest video conference is Pop Culture Through Baseball Cards and Language. Geared to students in grades 6-12, this module offers insight into American popular culture through the study of the history of baseball cards and the application of baseball terminology to everyday conversation.

Students will learn about the effects of the Civil War on the growth of baseball, the creation of tobacco and gum cards, the role of Topps executive Sy Berger in baseball cards’ popularity, and the way that cards reflect changes in fashion and lifestyle. Students will also learn popular baseball terms and phrases and how they are used as part of language in everyday settings.

Women's History: Dirt on their skirts

Meet the women and girls who broke barriers to play the National Pastime. This unit covers 150 years of milestones and achievements that led to greater opportunities for all.