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Smoking in the MLB 

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Teacher Candidate: Mr. Fasick                  Grade Level: 7th Grade

Content Area: Exercise Science                  Topic: Smoking on an Athletes Body

Title of Web Quest: Smoking Problems in the MLB

Description of Web Quest: This Web Quest will focus on fixing a problem of smoking on an MLB team, and ask for the help of students to figure out a way to solve this problem. They will make a Microsoft Power Point project describing negative side effects, and ways to correct the problem.


Illinois Learning Goals and Standards:

Goal 22 - Understand principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. (22.B.2, 22.A.3b)

Goal 23 - Understand human body systems and factors that influence growth and development. (23.B.2)

National Educational Technology Standards

1.      Creativity and Innovation (a,b)

2.      Research and Information Fluency (c,d)

3.      Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making (a,b,c)

4.    Technology Operations and Concepts (a,b,c)

© 2010


Hello Students, my name is William Schmidt, and I am the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Cubs. We have had a reoccurring problem with our players smoking cigarettes, and using chewing tobacco in their daily lives. I am coming to you because we as a franchise need your help. Our athletes need to see how big of an impact they have on young kids lives. I am asking you to research and investigate the effects of smoking on the human body. Once you have done this research thoroughly, I want each student to make a presentation on Microsoft Power Point, showing the negative effects from smoking on the body. Along with the side effects, include ways these athletes impact young lives, and possibly steps to take in order to get over this nasty habit. I will come in at the end of your web quest, and possibly bring some players a long with me to evaluate your presentations. Once we have decided upon which presentation we are going with, I will show this project to all of my athletes, hoping that it will influence their decision to smoke.


The final product of your web quest will be a Microsoft Power Point project (at least 10 pages in length), that includes the following:

  • Introduction identifying the problem (smoking and chewing tobacco)
  • Statistics about smoking and chewing, and its effects on athletes
  • At least 1 pictures describing any one slide
  • Some healthy alternatives to smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Examples on how influential professional athletes are on young children

*Utilize Microsoft Word, and any other word processing program along with the World Wide Web to complete your Microsoft Power Point Project.

            With the conclusion of your web quest, hopefully you will have informed the athletes about the negative effects of smoking, and will have learned some information yourselves about why smoking and smokeless tobacco can be a bad choice on one’s body.


1.   Research and Learn thoroughly about smoking habits. Use information found to begin your PowerPoint.

-          Visit websites to find out about cigarettes, types of cigarettes, and the advertisement of cigarettes. Why are these athletes picking up this habit, and what about this horrible habit is so appealing to them?


- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarettes

* Here you can review the manufacturing of cigarettes, the taxation and sales of cigarettes, the advertisement of cigarettes, consumption of cigarettes, and the graphics on cigarettes that may make them appealing to consumers.


- http://www.ucanquit2.org/facts/SmokelessMyths.aspx

* This site brings some wonderful myths to the table about smokeless tobacco. Gives some wonderful examples of these said myths, and even has an interesting little quiz at the end that you may want to check out.

2.   Do further research on the health issues that come as an effect to smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco. Use information found to add to your PowerPoint.

-          This is a good spot to get the audience’s attention with some good real evidence about the negative effects of these problems.

(Hint: Could Possibly use grueling statistics or pictures as a persuasion method here.)



* The same site as used in the previous step of the process, yet different information. There is an area on this site that deals with health issues and complications, and how they affect lives and the lives of people around them.


* This is a governmentally renowned website that gives multiple insights on why smoking can be dangerous and affect one’s body negatively. Using this website can possibly give your PowerPoint the credibility it needs to be taken seriously by these athletes.



* This website is also very trusted as it comes from the CVS pharmacy partners. I liked this website because it lays out the conditions in plain sight for you and also has links on the side for further investigation of the topic. My advice for you here is to dabble more into the links on the side to see if there is some hidden information on this website.


* This is a similar website to the ones on cigarettes, but a little bit more health oriented. I also found a very interesting hyperlink in the beginning area that was titled baseball, could be something worth checking out.

Note:  As you are researching this section, and trying to put together pieces of your Power Point, imagine having to deal with these issues and complications. It may possibly make your project better if you learned about these things as if it were a firsthand situation. It may also help some of you that have thought about this topic realize and better educate you on the correct decision.

3.   What can be done?

-          Learn about some healthy alternatives, some foundations that are out there to help, and some people that are willing to help. Use information found to add to your Power Point.



* This colorful and fun website is a great place to find out what you can do about this problem. The hardest part about this section is that it is important to try and help these athletes while at the same time not making them feel bad because they have a bad habit. Just something for you to keep in mind.  



* This is one of my favorite websites that was set up by The Foundation for a Smokefree America. This just shows that there are many other people out there with this bad habit, and people aren’t looking down upon them, but they are trying to help them overcome this addiction.


* This website will be found as possibly the most grueling website, yet the one with the biggest impact among readers. It begins with some harsh pictures of negative side effects of smokeless tobacco, and then returns to the facts, mainly about the ways to decrease smokeless tobacco use.


* I really enjoyed this website when I first visited it. It, in itself, is a quite smokeless tobacco aid. It also gives links to other foundations and websites that help in the same process. This website is more for you to see the techniques, and the efforts of some to help others quit this habit, rather than to inform.

4.   Role of athletes in our youth

-          This portion of the web quest can involve research, and I will give you some websites, but is made more for personal reflection. In what ways do you look up to professional athletes, even if it’s not in the baseball aspect of sports? How does it affect your opinion of these players when you see them doing things that may be bad, and how do you feel about it? In my opinion this should be the most powerful part of your project, and a time to really open up and let these athletes know what kind of an impact they have on you.

Resources (For those wanting a little extra help):


* I love that this website is full of athlete quotations and all are speaking about the same topic, reaching out to the youth.


* Another great organization out there to help kids and to show how some special athletes have influenced children already.



* Showing how athletes are helping kids to eventually build a better America. 

Internet & other Resources

Note: I would just like to remind you that there are countless websites out there about athletes helping kids, and the impact that athletes make on the youth, so utilize the web for that. Also remember that you must have a picture on each slide, so www.google.com/images or www.yahoo.com/images can be a great help to provide that media support in your PowerPoint.

What guidance are you providing for students who complete your Web Quest?


 advanced organizer                   

 video clip

 other: _____________________________________


Teacher Name: Mr. Fasick

Student Name:     ________________________________________







All requirements are met and EXCEEDED. - At least 10 pages - Includes 1 picture per slide - Includes Statistics - Shows Healthy Alternatives - Includes Personal Reflection

All requirements are met. - At least 10 pages - Includes 1 picture per slide - Includes Statistics - Shows Healthy Alternatives - Includes Personal Reflection

One requirement was not completely met from the list. - At least 10 pages - Includes 1 picture per slide - Includes Statistics - Shows Healthy Alternatives - Includes Personal Reflection

More than one requirement was not completely met from the list. - At least 10 pages - Includes 1 picture per slide - Includes Statistics - Shows Healthy Alternatives - Includes Personal Reflection


Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the presentation.

Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance to presentation.

Makes use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation content.

Use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the presentation content.


Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.

Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.

Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.

Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.


Content is well organized using headings or bulleted lists to group related material.

Uses headings or bulleted lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics appears flawed.

Content is logically organized for the most part.

There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts.


No misspellings or grammatical errors.

Three or fewer misspellings and/or mechanical errors.

Four misspellings and/or grammatical errors.

More than 4 errors in spelling or grammar.


I thank you and congratulate you on completing this web quest. It means a lot to our organization that you were willing to take time out of your schedule to help us with this issue. Hopefully you yourselves have learned almost as much as there is to know about this topic. As you can see it is a nasty topic, at best, to discuss, and you tackled the issue well.

Take a look back; did you ever think that you would be able to put together such a project before we came to you? Did you ever think that athletes of this caliber could have such a problem? Now you can see that it affects everyone, and ones choices can have a huge impact on more than one group of people. I want you students to take what you have learned from this web quest and reflect and enforce it on your lives. See that no good comes from these unfortunate habits and make the best choices that you can to live a healthy lifestyle. You have all done well and I can see that you are intelligent students that have a bright future in every direction that you are headed.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL