Take your class out to the ball game |

**Wiffleball**

__Name:__**7-12 (Pre-Algebra, Statistics skills)**

__Suggested Grade Level:__**Theoretical vs. Experimental Probability, Fractions, Data Collection**

__Math Concepts:__**Sports, Games, Awesome Fun Stuff**

__Interdisciplinary Connections:__**2-3 Days (can be modified)**

__Teaching Duration:__**$5 for a 11 Page PDF (1 project, 2 assignments and all game essentials)**

__Cost:__**Wiffleball @ TPT**

__PDF Version:__**Students build their teams to compete for a championship. Bracket style tourney optional and included!**

__The Product:__Game on, homie. |

Combine together three juggernaut hobbies into one colossal 21st Century Math Project

__.__Sports. Gaming. Mathematical Swagg. While there are plenty of class activities to teach the difference between theoretical versus experimental probability, I had to lob in my own crazy attempt.
In this 21st Century Math Project students will plays a series of Wiffleball games (6 players on a team and 4 inning games to keep things shorter) where they will keep track of statistics using a baseball/softball inspired scorebook and after the game crunch the number to see if their players performed up to their theoretical expectations. How does experimental probability match up? Students will find out together.

Did someone say drunk?... Hey, you wanna use my spinners?! |

In 7

^{th}Grade, my math teacher (he may have been drunk or a genius) pulled out Strat-O-Matic baseball, a card game with every MLB team, a 60 sided die and told us to go at it. Of course we loved it. While I was 12 years old, I certainly do not remember doing any actual math. The much older version of me says, what a missed opportunity! Why can’t we do both?
In my trial runs with this project (during student lunches since this content hasn’t quite come up), students keep coming back for more. Nothing like having to kick your students out of your room because they are doing too much math! Now, I discovered keeping the scorebook was difficult at first. If you have any experience with baseball or softball this will probably be an easy thing to teach. I have simplified the game to have three outcomes. Homeruns, singles and outs.

EXTENSION: Perhaps a few students want to get together to create a league and play a season worth of games during lunch! It can happen.

Sometimes 21st Century Math Project

__s__can get a little too intense. Students will get emotional. Some might cry. It’s all part of the design. But seriously make sure students don’t cry.