Students will examine US geography through the lens of the National Basketball Association. After labeling all 50 states on the attached map, students are tasked with locating the cities in which the 30 NBA franchises are based. Students will then color-code their maps to represent how the NBA has geographically organized these 30 teams into two conferences and six divisions. A series of questions based upon this organization follows the mapwork.
The sports culture hook of this lesson provides a fun and engaging way for students to learn about US geography.