SPURS UNIT - GO SPURS GO! End of the year project & activity
GROWING BUNDLE! SAN ANTONIO SPURS vs GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS has been added. I've done this unit several different ways with 3rd graders through high school students, so I'm including a lot of options.
Do as much or as little as you want. Fully Editable!
1. Opinion Poll – Students poll people to find out who they think is the best offensive and defensive player.
2. Opinion Graph – Sheets for students to make a corresponding bar or line graph to show who people voted for.
3. Track the Stats – Students record statistics for each player for each game.
4. Track the Stats – Students pick one player and track his stats for each game. Or pick 2 players to track and compare.
5. Graph the Stats – Sheets for students to create/color bar graphs to go with the stats they recorded/tracked.
6. Analysis – Students compare stats, players, etc and then write a paragraph or essay. Includes a variety of ways to do this and example paragraphs and essays.
7. Presentations – Students give a presentation based on the stats they recorded or on the player they tracked.
This is a GREAT way to end the year! You can do as much or as little as you want. The students love it. I’ve made several versions. I'm including everything that I think someone else might use in Microsoft Word and PDFs.
Opinion Poll – Who do you think is the best offensive and defensive player? I send students in pairs to poll other classes. Students practice oral speaking skills and using tic or tally marks.
Opinion Poll Graph - We combine the results and then the students graph the results. At the end of the series we see look at the statistics and decide who was the best offensive and defensive player in that round.
I have them TRACK the STATS throughout each series game by game. This may be done individually, in pairs, or in groups. Students can look up the statistics after each game, or you can print or display the information for them after each game or at the end of the series. Stats for Round 1 included.
On the record/track sheets, students record the statistics for each game. This may be done individually, in pairs, or in groups. I sometimes assign one pair of students 1-3 statistic(s) (Total Points, Rebounds, Assists…) and give them the corresponding tracking sheet(s).
I have students record the stats the day after each game, but it can be done at the end of each series. This can be done in class or at home if students have internet access at home. You can print the Game Log and pass it out to students, project it, or have them look up the information for themselves. Directions are included for students to look up the information for themselves. Games end late, so if they do it for homework, be sure to allow at least one extra day for students to log information.
GRAPH THE STATS! - (Sometimes, this is all I do. You can do the graphing without doing everything else.) Once students have the information, then they Graph the Stats. We talk about what kind of graph makes the most sense. For comparing players, we usually use bar graphs. Then we talk about how to figure out what the graph should go up by. If we are tracking Points, we have to count by something other than 1s. If we are tracking steals, we can’t count by 10s. Depending on the age/ability of the students, sometimes we decide together what to go up by and sometimes part of the assignment is to decide for each statistic what to go up by. Even if I assign different stats to different students, as a class we end up with every stat graphed, which makes a great display for end of the year.
There is a Graph the Stats sheet for each of the following statistics:
• Min = Minutes played
• FGM = Field Goals Made
• 3PM = Three Pointers Made
• FTM = Free Throws Made
• OREB = Offensive Rebounds
• DREB = Defensive Rebounds
• REB = All Rebounds
• AST = Assists
• TOV = Turnovers
• STL = Steals
• BLK = Blocks
• PF = Personal Fouls
• PTS = ALL (total) Points
ANALYSIS - At the end, I have students write an analysis of the data. Depending on time, age, and ability, sometimes I have them do one paragraph for one statistic. Sometimes, I have them look at multiple stats.
Paper/Report/Project - Higher students can write a full paper analyzing stats and comparing players. If you do everything, they end up with a full report that includes graphs and analysis. Time permitting, I have them make at least one graph on the computer. Lower students can do one paragraph on one statistic.
Player Analysis - pick one player. Record that players total statistics and write an analysis of that player. Higher students – full paper. Lower students – paragraph.
PRESENTATIONS – Especially, if they do one player each, they can create a presentation to present on that player.