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
For the avid fans, understanding statistics can help you choose your March Madness bracket! One way to determine the value of players is by measuring their rebound percentage, this measures the percentage of rebounds recovered out of all possible rebounds that took place in game. The mean number of shots made by a star athlete during a game can help determine if you want a certain team in your bracket. Consider comparing ratios to measure their history of assists, blocks and steals made during the game. For extra help on basketball equations lookup a useful ‘basketball reference guide’ online. If you’re a teacher, consider having a March Madness bracket in your classroom, utilizing some of these important math skills while making it a fun competition.
Inspire the love of learning in the classroom with some of these suggestions! Any other ideas we forgot to mention? Please comment in the section below.