Basketball toss – Stage 1

Stage 1 – A thinking mathematically context for practise focussed on collecting, representing and analysing data on length


Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Mathematics K–10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2023


  • MAO-WM-01
  • MA1-GM-02
  • MA1-DATA-01

Collect resources

You will need:

  • a pair of socks

  • a clear space

  • basket, bucket or container

  • pencils or markers

  • your mathematics workbook.


Watch how to setup basketball toss video (0:26).

Set up of basketball toss game.

[A title over a navy-blue background: Which one doesn’t belong? 2. Small font text in the upper left-hand corner reads: NSW Department of Education. In the lower left-hand corner is the white waratah of the NSW Government logo]


Getting ready for basketball toss testing my left hand with my right hand, so I need a basket. Which is this thing and I need a marker so I put my marker down here as you can see and from here I need to take three big steps.

One. Two. Three.

And I drop my basket here.

[Over a grey background, the red waratah of the NSW Government logo appears amongst red, white and blue circles. Text: Copyright State of New South Wales (Department of Education), 2021.]

[End of transcript]


  • Challenge: See how many times you can successfully shoot your rolled up socks into the basket.
  • Mark a clear ‘starting line’ for your basketball toss.

  • Take 3 big steps from your starting line and place a basket, bucket or container at the end.

  • Stand at your starting line and throw your socks with your right hand.

  • Go back to your starting line and have your second throw.

  • Repeat this until you have thrown your socks 10 times with your right hand and then 10 times with your left hand.

  • Keep a record in your mathematics workbook.

  • Create a picture graph to share your results.


  • What do you notice about your graph?

  • What does it tell you about your success at playing sock basketball using your left hand compared to using your right hand?

  • Do you think that these results will change with practice?

Share and submit

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