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Have your class read these words with short vowel sounds to complete the sentences on this worksheet. Learners match the words that have the same vowel sound as the underlined word in a sentence from the story Allie's Basketball Dream. They complete 10 problems. This could be used for standardized test preparation.
Learners view a slide show featuring famous athletes and educational institutions that have played a part in the history of basketball. They participate in a game in which a basketball is tossed from person to person as facts and vocabulary words are reviewed. They write a five-line poem incorporating spelling and/or vocabulary words that relate to the sports in Indiana theme. This lesson could be modified for any state!
Play ball! High schoolers explore the concept of quadratic equations through modeling how shooting a basketball can be expressed as a quadratic function. They impose a coordinate grid on the path of a shooting basketball and determine points to model the data. Additionally, they enter data into lists and perform a quadratic regression on the data.
Explore four web-based interactive sites to develop a baseline understanding of statistics. Learners play a series of penny basketball games and collect data regarding their shooting statistics. Groups decide who is the "top" penny basketball player in their group. They are encouraged to utilize technology to explore these concepts. Note: QuickTime plug-ins are needed to access the imbedded games.
Everything you wanted to know about basketball, and more! A very well-organized presentation to introduce the basic terminology and skills of basketball. Everything from the court, scoring, and fouls, to the five cues used for shooting a basket. There is also a worksheet with the same name that works well with this lesson. Find it in the worksheet section of Lesson Planet.
This detailed lesson plan from New York Times' The Learning Network centers around Carroll Academy and its girl's basketball team. Learners compare their school to Carroll Academy, read anywhere from 1 to 5 engaging articles about the team, and come up with a proposal for a school program that would meet an unmet need at their own school. There are several extension activities, videos, and slide shows included. This definitely promotes higher-level thinking.
In this measures of central tendency worksheet, young statiscians use fantasy basketball statistics to find mean, median, and range of player statistics. They then decide which player they would draft first. They create a five person starting line up of their choice of players. Double bar graphs are created of their information. A nice extension to this lesson might be to include analysis of box-and-whisker plots for each player.