This tool, produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, teaches basic economics through the economics of professional sports (baseball, football, basketball, and hockey). It includes The Game, an interactive baseball simulation that tests your knowledge of economics and sports trivia; and The Sports Page, which provides information on economics and contains all the answers for you to navigate successfully through the game.
Just like a baseball game, the game has nine innings. You are asked up to nine questions per inning. The questions, based on information presented in The Sports Page, have four levels of difficulty—single, double, triple, and home run. Players move around the bases and eventually score when their answers are right. If an answer is wrong, the player gets an out. After three outs or nine questions, the inning is over and the player automatically advances to the next inning.
This resource can be used to enhance lessons that deal with basic economic concepts. It also would be useful in lessons that look at group behavior, political and economic systems, and global interdependence. One possible way to use the resource would be to divide students into groups and assign each group an “Inning” to explore. The groups would then prepare a presentation based on the information they learned from that inning.
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