Basketball toss – Stage 2 and 3
Stage 2 and 3 – 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:
- pair of socks
- basket, bucket or container
- a clear space
- 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.
- Throw your socks, aiming for the basket, 10 times with your right hand.
- Then, do the same thing 10 times with your left hand.
- Repeat again trying throwing backwards and with your eyes closed.
- Keep a record of your baskets and graph your results in your workbook.
- What happened to your basket sock score when you used your left hand compared to your right hand?
- What about with your eyes closed?
- Do you think this would change with practice?
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