Are you ready to bring the fun and excitement of basketball into your classroom? If so, here is a great way for your students to practice the skills of finding equivalence, simplifying, and comparing fractions. This whole-class activity or learning center is perfect for the months of the basketball season. Just print and play!
Three different sets of recording sheets and game cards are included on this file. I prefer to use the first set as an introductory, whole-class activity, and then use the second and third sets as a learning center for the remainder of the season or month.
There are two methods of play; solely dependent upon the amount of time you have available in preparation of this fun activity. One method involves game cards, where one side of a paper card has an comparing or ordering problem, and the other side will have the correct answer. Students play by solving the problems that are face-up on a card, record their answers on a recording sheet, self-check the answer on the back, and if he or she is correct, they can either (as chosen by the teacher) spin a paper-clip spinner or roll dice to determine a basketball action, and subsequently move down the court along the path of bouncing basketballs.
The second method of play eliminates the use of the game cards, thus reducing the overall preparation time. Students use a single die to determine problems to solve on their recording sheets, independently self-check the answer with the corresponding answer key, and if he or she is correct, they move down the court following the path of bouncing basketballs as previously mentioned.
This file contains:
●suggested procedures and management for both methods of play (whole-class and learning center)
●2 Basketball Bonanza game boards… they differ only in the colors on the court.
●2 dice charts, one with 11 different basketball outcomes, one with 6 different basketball outcomes
●2 paper-clip spinners, one with 11 different basketball outcomes, one with 6 different basketball outcomes
●3 equivalence & simplification recording sheets with corresponding answer keys for the students to record their answers to the various questions they will solve during the game (and for teachers to have answer documentation)
●3 comparing fractions recording sheets with corresponding answer keys for the students to record their answers to the various questions they will solve during the game (and for teachers to have answer documentation)
●3 sets of 16 equivalence & simplification question cards and 16 corresponding answer cards
●3 sets of 16 comparing fractions question cards and 16 corresponding answer cards
●1 set of blank recording sheets and answer keys
●1 set of 32 blank question cards and 32 blank answer cards
Your students are certain to have a fantastic time playing Basketball Bonanza, all the while sharpening their ability to determine equivalence, simplify, and compare fractions.
Additional Basketball Bonanza Math Skills & Learning Centers:
Adding & Subtracting Decimals
Adding & Subtracting "Like" Fractions
Adding & Subtracting "Unlike" Fractions
Comparing & Ordering Decimals
Improper Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Multiply & Divide Decimals
Multiply & Divide Fractions