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“Around the World Math” is an idea that combines basketball and math problems


Math, P.E. & Health  


2, 3  

Title – Around the World Math

By – Alexis

Primary Subject – Math

Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education

Grade Level – Grade 2-3

This is a fun way to take a break from your regular math lesson!

You need:


    A hoop, basket, or anything you can shoot something in

    Strips of paper or flashcards


    Write different math problems on the papers and lay them down on the ground a fair distance apart.


    Have the students take turns standing on or next to each paper. Have them answer the problem, then let them shoot the ball into the hoop. If they make it, they continue to the next paper, if not, they simply shoot again, or to be more competitive, they have to wait for their next turn. You accelerate from the paper farthest away from the hoop to get to the nearest paper to the hoop.

    Here is an example:

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    You can have any range of difficulty. For older children, maybe use a real basketball hoop and a real basketball, have the math problems be harder according to what you think they need practice on.


    I say that there is a bag of candy at the hoop for my 2nd Graders. Any reward is great for them.




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