The student will participate in a game of basketball using various sizes of available balls.
Grade Level: 9 - 12th
Length of Time: 1 or 2 Class Periods
Objectives & Outcomes
The students will be able refine skills of a lifetime activity, basketball, interacting with respect and sportsmanship with their peers.
Different sizes and types of sport’s balls: basketball, soccer, whiffle ball, dodge ball, nerf ball, of any other ball that can fit into a basketball hoop
Prepare ahead of time: Set up teams of students, collect different sport’s balls, assign a point value to each ball (smaller = less points), create scoring sheets
Opening to Lesson
- Display the different sized and types of sports’ balls for the students to see
- Ask students which sport each ball is normally used for
- Allow for responses
- Ask students what every ball has in common except for being a rounded shape (a football is okay to use)
- Allow for responses
- The answer: Every ball can fit into a basketball hoop
Body of Lesson
- Throw one of the balls into a nearby hoop, hopefully successfully
- Ask students if the size or type of ball will make it easier or harder to score a basket
- Allow for responses (It may be easier to score with the smaller balls, depending on the type, bounce, etc.)
- Explain Multi-Ball Basketball and the rules
- Give the point total for each ball
- 7 on 7 and two balls may be used per team at any given time
- Teams may exchange either ball at any time during the game, official ball exchanger standing near center court, one for each team
- Dribbling not necessary, but a pass must be made within 3 seconds of possessing the ball
- There are no dead balls, time outs, throw-ins, etc.
- Game is to be fast paced and almost non-stop
- All other basic basketball rules are enforced, fouls, etc.
- Assign students to their teams
- Assign coaches (optional)
- Game continues until end of class or preset time limit
- For homework, assign students to write a report about the history of a sport that uses a ball, focusing on the development of the specific ball over the years since the sport’s inception
Following the first game, discuss the experience with students, ask for suggestions for rule changes, etc.
Assessment & Evaluation
Assess the student’s in the usual manner for a PE class
Modification & Differentiation
Use more or less balls for the game; adapt rules relative to students’ abilities and skills; assign students who are unable to play as coaches/scorekeepers; play half-court games to increase simultaneous participation; adapt length of games; use soccer nets instead of basketball goals (Multi-Ball Soccer)
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