A Whole New Ballgame
Written by Phil Bildner, Illustrated by Tim Probert
From the first morning with their odd new teacher fifth grade is full of shocking surprises for best friends Rip and Red.
Primary Source Pairing:
Rip loves basketball and gives a great play by play during the practices and games he plays with Red and their team. A Whole New Ballgame is about friendship and doing what is right (even if it’s hard). Readers will feel like they have a spot in Mr. Acevedo’s classroom and will learn along with Rip, Red, and their classmates. For this primary source pairing, invite students to listen to a play by play of the Cavaliers NBA championship winning game beating the Golden State Warriors in 2016 called by sportscasters Fred McLeod and Austin Carr.
Questions for Discussion:
- Describe what you see and hear.
- What do you notice first?
- What other details do you notice?
- Who are the people who appear in it?
- Who do you think was the intended audience?
- How do you feel when you watch this video?
- Make a connection to the book A Whole New Ballgame and what you hear in the video of Fred McLeod and Austin Carr calling the 2016 NBA game.
- How were Rip’s play by plays similar to what you hear in the video?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Cavaliers Championship Called by Fred McLeod and Austin Carr: YouTube
Hockey Broadcaster Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick Signs Off, NPR, October 23, 2020: npr.org