ROUNDBALL FOR REMEMBRANCE
This lesson is designed to reinforce basic concepts in a cumulative
review. (It may be very easily adapted to fit any individually taught lesson.
The focus of this specific lesson is for a 9th grade class.) Students will
view a segment of Futures With Jaime Escalante showing the application of
math in basketball, and they will try to find some of these applications
in a tape of a game played by their home school. (Girls' basketball would
be a gender equity promoter.)
Futures With Jaime Escalante: Sports Performance (#12)
Students will be able to:
- Correctly score a game.
- Determine area to be covered by defensive players.
- Do visual comparisons of distance of different players from the hoop.
- Formulate different combinations of shots for the highest number of
- Recognize how different combinations of shots change the lead.
- Determine angles (distance away from vertex, acute, obtuse to make
proper passes to a team member and shots).
- Compare heights (standing and jumping).
- Calculate shooting percentages and averages (with a calculator).
Per 2 Students
- free passes from athletic director
- shooting chart
- score sheet
- 1 basketball
- 1 basketball hoop
- (Any round object and a garbage can will do!)
Ask the students: How many of you are basketball players and/or
cheerleaders for your school, church, or a recreational league?
Find out how many attend games or watch them on TV. Ask: Who are your favorite
players? and Does anyone know who Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is? Ask why some don't
like to watch basketball on TV.
For the benefit of those who have no involvement or interest
in basketball, explain that you are going to show the basketball application
of math concepts. Point out that these concepts apply to other sports and
activities and encourage those students to find the applications in something
of their interest.
tape at the start of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 'sky-hook'.
when the title comes on screen and ask: Can anyone list some rules for basketball
that use numbers? Expected student responses:
·three point line
·7-10 team fouls
through the short clip of all sports.
at the end of the flashing clip and ask: What are some mathematical components
of some of the sports that were just flashed on the screen? Have a student
list them on the board.
until the instrumental skateboarding segment begins (as soon as you see
until you see Jaime with the basketball. Reiterate the importance of being
on your toes all the time.
as Kareem comes out and he explains how he had to calculate his 'sky-hook'.
the tape and repeat: Any sport requires an understanding of math.
Ask the students: Did the video bring to mind any other ways math is used
in sports? Next tell them: You're going to look at a video of the school
team. Please look for these things: angles, area, measurement, and formulas.
The features to be included in this segment are play, pause, rewind and
Put students into groups of 3 or 4 and pass out score sheets
and shooting charts without totals. Ask the students to tabulate the score
sheets (half our team and half the other team). Compare answers on the chalkboard
as a whole class to determine the correct score and find out if we won.
Also have them determine what the average score was for all players who
entered the game.
Pass out shooting charts and have the students calculate shooting percentages
for each player, in different spots on the court and overall as a team.
You may want to share statistics with them from other games to compare how
the players usually do.
After all class work is finished (on the last day) take the class to the
gym to play review basketball. Break them up into teams (you choose how
many teams). Ask questions about the material they just reviewed. The first
team to answer a question correctly gets 2 points and a free throw for an
extra point. You can play to a chosen number of points or a certain amount
of time. Prior to play, the class should decide what the winning team and
the non-winning team get as a reward. (Example: winning team gets 3 bonus
points, non-winning team gets 1 bonus point; candy is a popular item also.)
As a culminating activity, attend a school game to encourage their schoolmates,
whoop and holler and realize that they can enjoy something that greatly
The final project, attending the game together, is actually part of the
Have students cut box scores out of the newspaper and calculate some of
the averages we did together.
Students could do individual reports on famous players, teams, components
of the game and/or other relations to math.
Discuss the make-up of muscle tissue, movement of the joints, tendons and
muscles, speed, growth and reaction time and their importance to sports
Write a newspaper review of the game (or portion of the game being viewed)
detailing exciting plays or statistics.
Research the history of basketball. Find out where it came from and how
its popularity spread. Are there different rules in different cultures?
Determine how many calories can be burned while playing. Discuss aerobic
fitness (heart rate and pulse). Relate similar information on muscles from
the science extension.
Make warm-up uniforms for the team and present them at a pep rally.
Determine the cost and components of running a high school basketball team
versus a professional basketball team.
Master Teacher: Rose Ann M. Fulena
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