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Name of Activity:

Who's On First?

Purpose of Activity:

To combine reading and Physical Education in a fun activity that teaches/reinforces positions on a baseball/softball field.


Students can read.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

9 pieces of white construction paper. On each piece is the name of a player from Abbot & Costello's famous skit "Who's on first" (for example, "Who", 1st base; "What", 2nd Base, etc... For right field, use "Naturally" even though there is no right field. "Naturally" is said often enough for it to work as Right Field). You also need enough copies of "Who's on First" for the whole class and 4 bases or spots.

Organization: Whole Class

Description of Idea

This is a great rainy day activity if you do not have access to a gym and must use a teachers classroom for P.E. It also can be done in the auditorium. Set out the bases and pick nine students. Give each student one of the pieces of construction paper and have them occupy the position by sitting on the floor. Pick two readers who are to act out the skit. The remaining students must read along.

The skit begins. Whenever "Who"is mentioned, the student occupying first base must hold up the "who" sign for everyone to see. The same for "What", "I don't know", "Today", and so on. The idea is for the students to follow the skit, and to understand the positions on the field and the funny names that go along with the them.

Laminating the construction paper is recommended for future use. Also, you can glue the skit to the back of the construction paper so the students occupying the positions can read along with the skit. On a real rainy day, it might be nice to follow up the activity with a viewing of Abbot and Costello's "Who's on First." Ask students the names of the players occupying the positions. They should be able to answer.

I designed this activity because many districts are moving towards incorporating reading and Physical Education.


Students with special needs can participate by holding cards in positions.

Students who have trouble reading can hold the card in the field and lift it when they hear their "name". Make sure the skit is on the back of the card so they can follow along as much as possible.

Hearing impaired students can partner up with another student who signals when to lift the card or points to the words on the skit as the class reads.

Assessment Ideas:

Have students draw a baseball field and write the names of the characters and positions from the skit on the field in the appropriate place.

Submitted by Dennis Gildehaus who teaches at Knox Elementary School in San Diego, CA. Additional authors for this idea were Bill Wells. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 8/29/2001.
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