Engage students in the history and economics of Negro Leagues Baseball through inquiry-based, skill-building activities that also promote diversity.

Teaching Economics with Baseball

These lessons and materials include multi-discipline instruction and cultural components that can help students understand and celebrate the legacy of the Negro Leagues Baseball and how they transformed generations. Use these lessons to inspire critical thinking, creativity and active learning for kindergarten through 12th grade learners.

Let Them Play (Grades K-5)

After reading a reality-based story about an all-black Little League team that faced racial prejudice, students will determine resources used in the production of baseball-related goods and complete comprehension and analysis-driven activities tied to key vocabulary covered within the lesson.
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Unit One: Baseball Basics

  • Microlesson One: Markets, Goods and Services - 30 minutes (Elementary - Middle School)
    Students will identify goods and services found in the marketplace of a baseball stadium. They will also categorize images as goods or services and apply what they’ve learned to determine how we interact with goods, services and markets in our daily lives and community. Students show what they have learned through discussions questions.
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  • Microlesson Two: Consumers and Producers – 45 minutes (Elementary - Middle School)
    Students will learn a brief history about Negro Leagues Baseball and significant contributors to the leagues. Students will distinguish consumers and producers in baseball by interpreting geographical and numerical data about the Negro Leagues and associated teams.
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