Houston teacher uses baseball terms to instruct class

- With so many minds on the Astros and the World Series, one teacher in the Houston Independent School District is using the focus on baseball to her advantage in the classroom.

The Janowski Elementary teacher has themed all lessons around baseball.

"Think of the Astros," said third grade teacher Stephanie Elizondo to her class on Wednesday. "Do you think all the players had to work together to get where they are?"

Elizondo is using the Astros team to teach her students a social studies lesson on team work. Elizondo's classroom walls are covered in posters with references to baseball and education.

'"Root Root Root for Learning'--for them to walk in and be excited for the day," said Elizondo of the poster that hangs on the classroom door. " And we have 'Major League Math.' The 'Reading Dugout' which is probably my favorite area in the classroom."

Among today's lessons students are making baseball cards listing their possible future job titles.

"I wanted them to understand that you need jobs and you need to contribute to a community in order for it to succeed, and keeping it in my baseball style, I wanted them to have a baseball title and then for them to make their own baseball cards," said Elizondo.

Her math problems often include baseball players.

"Correa hit 634 triples, and Altuve hit 434. How many more did Correa hit than Altuve?" said Elizondo. "It's a fun way to incorporate math and baseball at the same time."

Elizondo is a big baseball fan herself. She even has tickets to Friday's game three of the World Series at Minute Maid Park. She's predicting an Astros World Series win.

"They have everything they need in order to win," said Elizondo. "They have the bats, they have the bullpen--great coach. They just gotta get their head in the game and beat those Dodgers."

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