Keep Your Eye on the Ball

And Other Expressions about Sports

From the Series It's Just an Expression

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Clear the hurdles. Roll with the punches. Batting a thousand. Have you ever heard these crazy expressions? People use them even when they’re not running races, facing a prizefighter, or hitting every single pitch. That’s because these sayings are idioms—phrases that mean something different from what the words in them actually say. But don’t let idioms make you drop the ball. Let’s explore a variety of sports-related idioms and figure out what people really mean when they use them.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.3
BISACS JNF054000, JNF028000, JNF029000
Dewey 428.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 910
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 152857
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“The pages are well designed, and the texts are lively. Since many of the idioms have mathematical, historical, or scientific connections, this series may be used across curriculums, with plenty of opportunities for writing activities.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Author: Sandy Donovan

Sandy Donovan has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

It's Just an Expression

It’s Just an Expression explores the meaning and origin of common idioms in the English language, from “batting a thousand” to “bring home the bacon.” The series’ dual-level approach makes the books perfect for both striving readers as well as advanced learners looking… View available downloads →