Are you trying to teach a relatively simple skill (simple math facts? history or foreign language vocabulary terms? naming chemical compounds?). Do you need students to engage in extended drill or practice to master the learning objective you are working on? Usually students run-out of steam at some point and lose motivation for practicing skills. A fun game can be a great way to motivate students and engage them in extended practice. This dice basketball game is just such a game. This game has been tested with high school chemistry students and been found to be effective in engaging students in one full class period of practice. And kids find it to be fun!
Math teachers, this could be a fun game to use to teach students probability. Through game play students begin to understand what makes the different players different (probabilities that they will score based on the rolls of 2 dice). Blank player cards are included to allow students to create their own players with their own abilities.