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
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).
[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
Share your work with your class on your digital platform. You may like to:
- write comments
- share pictures of your work
- comment on the work of others.