Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Baseball Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie


What skills are important to playing baseball?  

Why might teamwork be important to playing baseball?


During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 1:17: What does “offense and defense” mean? What other sports use those terms?

Timecode 1:48: What does the number 13 indicate on the scoreboard sign beneath “at bat”?

Timecode 2:19: What are the three ways a batter can get out?

Timecode 2:46: If the offense wants a lot of hits, what does the defense want?

Timescode 3:36: How long does each inning last?


After the Movie


Why do you think baseball was termed “America’s national pastime”?  

Is there a different sport that you think currently deserves the title, and why?


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.