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Wiffle Ball Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will teach your students about the exciting sport of Wiffle ball. Students will also participate in a fun hands-on Wiffle ball game that will reinforce new concepts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson plan, your students will be able to:

  • Describe the equipment and rules variations used for Wiffle ball
  • Recap some of the history of the sport
  • Set up and participate in a game of Wiffle ball

Length

1 - 1.5 Hours

Materials

  • Cones (or other similar items to mark the field)
  • Internet access
  • Wiffle balls
  • Wiffle bats

Vocabulary

  • Single
  • Double
  • Triple
  • Home run
  • Wiffle ball
  • Wiffle bat

Curriculum Standards

Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Instructions

  • Ask students if they have heard of or played Wiffle ball. Allow time for students to share their experiences.
  • Tell students they will be learning about the fun and exciting game of Wiffle ball.
  • Display a Wiffle ball and a Wiffle bat, and discuss the characteristics of each, and how they are used.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms, ensuring that students have a full grasp on meaning.

Discussion Groups

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Ask your students to research Wiffle ball and answer the following questions:
    • In what year was Wiffle ball created? (1953)
    • Who invented Wiffle ball? (David N. Mullany)
    • How did the sport get its name? (Mullany's kids would call a strikeout a 'whiff')
    • Where was the sport invented? (Fairfield, Connecticut)
    • Why does the ball have eight holes? (Nobody knows for sure, but that number seems to work best to curve the ball)
    • Can you find any other interesting facts to discuss about Wiffle ball on the Internet, or on the official Wiffle ball website?

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