This is a variation of “Do the Robot,” where students learn about algorithms while practicing basketball skills.
Grades 4-6: Review proper shooting form - see article on (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-properly-shoot-a-free-throw/).
Grades 1-3: Review proper form for a bounce pass - see Sport PEI resource “Bounce Pass” (page 25): http://bit.ly/sport-pei-basketball
This activity requires basketballs
Ask: Who has heard of James Naismith? What is he known for? (A: He is a fellow Canadian who invented the game of basketball!) Shooting/passing is a huge part of basketball. We’re going to practice this skill - but with a twist.
Ask: Who do you think is more intelligent - a human or a computer? Why? (A; Humans! We program computers and give them instructions in the first place!)
We are going to practice our shooting/passing form as robots and programmers.
I can create an algorithm
I can give clear, simple instructions in the correct order - or sequence
I can problem solve and ‘debug’ instructions
I can learn programming concepts without computers
I can use proper shooting/passing form
I gave my partner clear, simple instructions.
I included the steps that we covered as a class in my instructions.
When my instructions weren’t clear enough, I ‘debugged’ and tried again.
I listened to my partner when I was in the ‘robot’ role and followed their instructions.
Have pairs assess each other’s quality of instructions using the success criteria above.
Have volunteers demonstrate their process and instructions used to the group.
If using the extension of calculating their own free throw %, have learners record their answers to show their work.
Spend time researching the greatest free throw shooter in NBA history (fellow Canadian and hall-of-famer) Steve Nash! Nash had a 0.9043 shooting percentage during his basketball career - even better than Steph Curry! (Stat from 2018. More info here.)
Have pairs come up with a pre-shooting routine and add it into their algorithm. E.g. Steve Nash dribbles three times before each free throw (plus a few other things!). Watch his routine here.
Add some math into the equation! Have learners calculate their own free throw percentage. Start off by having them count how many they make out of 10 shots. Increase to a higher number if you have time.
Research NBA and WNBA player salaries and use this data to support a discussion on the gender wage gap between male and female athletes. (See this article for more info)
Any Curry fans? Use live statistics from the Curry Count to create some basketball-related math equations:
Watch this Heritage Minute about the "Edmonton Grads": https://youtu.be/qxJcXsFxyLI
Physical literacy, Movement strategies, Interpersonal skills, Critical thinking, Territory activities, Percent, Degrees/angles, Oral communication, Clarity and coherence
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Sport PEI: Basketball Lesson Plans