Trashketball is one of the best trash can math games which helps by allowing kids to participate in a fun and competitive environment both individually and as a part of a team. Although these basketball math games require kids to ball a lot of papers and play the game, here we have devised a cleaner and greener version of the game keeping in mind the importance of paper.
Requirements of Trashketball?
A trash can or a bucket.
The trashketballs: Either a rubber ball or one of those stress balls will do the trick! One for each team.
A group of students divided into teams of equal number.
Dry erase boards and markers or just a notebook and pen for each team. (hereon called “work-pad”)
Flashcards or a set of questions.
How to play Trashketball?
In order to play trashketball, divide your class into teams. You can have as many teams as you like. During the game, each team will be asked a question. If they answer it correctly, they earn 5 points. This team also gets to shoot a ball into the trashcan for bonus points.
If they answer incorrectly, any of the other teams can shoot the trashketball in order to steal the question. Pretty simple, right? And it’s exciting because if you think about it, one of the fondest memories of school (for most people) is tossing balls into a trash can just for fun.
Set up for Trashketball
Prepare the Flash Cards
Prepare the flash cards for the trashketball math game beforehand. These flash cards should contain questions or information you want your students to review during the game. You could use Dr. Math designed for exactly this purpose.
The first thing you want to do is make teams. You can make teams by yourself or assign random numbers to everyone and call them out. Another way you can do is, select few kids as team captains and ask them to pick their teammates.
Set the Trashketball field
Once the teams are ready, set up the basket/trash can at a certain distance. Make sure it’s away from the wall so that there are no shots that bounce off the wall and into the can. This makes the math game of trashketball more challenging because the shots must be clean.
Draw the line
Next, draw a line from where the shot must be taken. If you have enough space, you can make lines at increasing distances for 1 point, 2 point, and 3 points.
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Each team should have a work-pad on which they will solve the problems, make notes, and keep track of points. This ensures that each team is working on the questions by themselves. Since teams can attempt questions asked to other teams, it gives motivation to every team to work on the problems even if it is not their turn.
Which team goes first?
The best method to decide the sequence is to give all the teams a common math question. The team that comes up with the answer first, goes first. The team to answer second, goes next and so on.
Let’s start playing trash can math game
Start the game by asking one question to the first team.
If they answer it correctly, award them 5 points.
Now it is their turn to shoot the trashketball. Let them decide among themselves whether they want to shoot from 1, 2, or 3 point line. The teams can talk, discuss within themselves but only one member can answer and shoot per round. This ensures that everyone gets a chance to shoot.
If Team 1 misses the shot, it’s time to move to Team 2 and ask them their question.
If the trashketball lands inside the trash can, the team wins the bonus points. Else, they don’t.
What if Team 1 doesn’t answer correctly?
Here’s where it gets really interesting. The other teams must stay alert at all times. In case a team answers a question incorrectly, the can is open for any of the other teams to shoot. But they can do so only after providing the correct answer. At the end of every round, change the order by starting with the second team first. Then the third team, and then the fourth, and so on. This ensures that everyone gets a to go first.
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