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Guantes de Cartón- Cardboard Gloves

posted Nov 3, 2014, 12:29 PM by Wesley Hilliard
For my Dominican Republic unit I came up with a very special activity that I hoped would inspire creativity and deep thought about the effects of poverty. In order to accomplish these two goals, my students were charged with creating baseball gloves out of cardboard boxes as well as baseballs out of something they brought to class. You will need to collect some boxes and have multiple pairs scissors for this lesson. The following will spell out the lesson in its entirety:

First,, I pose some questions to them in the TL. I instruct them to think about their answers without saying them out loud.
1. Could you be happy living in poverty?
2. Could you survive in poverty?
3. What are some things that you have that those in poverty do not?

Below I have attached a reading that I made about San Pedro de Macorís and kids who make baseball gloves out of cardboard. I read this out loud as my students follow along and they discuss (in English) what they gathered from the text in partners before sharing with the class.

Next, I give my students the guidelines in the TL:
- One box/pair of scissors per pair
- Gloves will be made out of boxes
- Baseballs will be made out of something students brought to class
- Students may not use my things, tape, glue, staples, etc.

Fun and creativity ensue...

After everyone has had the chance to make a glove, we test them out along with the homemade baseballs. Everyone plays catch with their partner outside. 

After their game of catch I asked the students if the activity was difficult or easy. Then I ask them to answer the three questions out loud with me. 

Finally, I show this video of Mariano Rivera making a cardboard glove. He's from Panamá but he does the same thing as Dominicans.

YouTube Video

Another great resource for this activity is the documentary 'Road to the Big Leagues' which features a child from San Pedro de Macorís.

YouTube Video


Wesley Hilliard,
Nov 3, 2014, 12:29 PM