There are many ways to help create a deeper learning of math concepts, one of which includes linking math to real life activities. With Mathletics March Madness right around the corner, we were inspired to show you how math can be used in sports. In particular, March’s favorite sport; basketball!

Basketball and math for younger fans

Basketball for younger fans is an excellent platform to practice addition and subtraction. How many points ahead or behind is your favourite team? How many more points does their favourite team need to be in the lead? How many points do the two teams have together? Try creating a worksheet for your kids to fill out during half time at the next school game! Depending on the level of your child, you can throw in some multiplication and division questions too. What is the final score times 2? What is the final score divided by 3? This is a great opportunity for the younger fans to experience math in a fun and relatable way.

Basketball and math for players

Geometry is a huge part of math. The dimensions of the basketball court, diameter of the hoop and ball, the angle it takes to shoot a hoop or pass the ball, and understanding arcs to make that perfect shot. This theoretical knowledge can be transferred court side to help students enjoy the game even more. Furthermore, it can help students conceptualize math in a real world context.

When teaching geometry concepts that relate to the sport, consider taking the lesson to the court. A fun day of class keeping the mind and body active!

Basketball and math for spectators