March Madness Basketball Unit

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We're taking a break from our In the Kitchen Unit to celebrate March Madness and learn more about basketball.  Dinomite and Bulldozer are thrilled.  I'm hoping by the end of the week, Princess will enjoy the unit as well.  She's not much of a sports fan.

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I need to thank my husband for his help with this unit.  In all honesty, I really don't keep up with the sports world at all.  He's the one who did most of the research for these activities.  Those that he didn't research, he was able to pull from his head.  Finding player pictures and logos for the activities below proved to be quite a challenge.  My husband spent a lot of time trying to find Wikipedia Commons Files we could use.  If there is a player you expected to see on these cards, but isn't here, know it's because we wanted to follow copyright laws. :)  Also, not all activities are specific to March Madness, but basketball in general.

Here's what's on our shelves this week!

Language:
Basketball Compound Words
 The kiddos will match up the two parts of each word to form the compound word, using the control provided.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Basketball Themed Sentence Diagramming
 We're learning about conjunctions this month.  The kiddos will put the word cards together to create sentences.  A control is provided. (It's located behind the Grammar Symbols Card.)  Then they will place the grammar symbols over the correct words in each sentence.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Mathematics:
Basketball Points Addition
 The kiddos will practice their addition skills as they add up points earned from each basket or shot.  Mini plastic basketballs are provided as counters.  I wanted to use the little basketball chocolates, but Bulldozer is allergic to them, so we couldn't.  Both were at Walmart when I looked.  The mini basketballs in the picture were in the Easter Isles.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Basketball Fractions/Percentages
 The kiddos are too young to understand percentages, but we are working on fractions this month.  In this activity the kiddos will use the dot marker to color basketballs representing how many baskets were made.  They will then match up the dot card with a fraction card.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Basketball Size Sequencing
 Bulldozer has and probably always will be obsessed with balls.  This is why we have so many different sized basketballs on hand.  Lol.  The kiddos will place the cards in order from smallest to biggest.  Then they will do the same with the basketballs provided with this activity.  I'm super excited about this as the boys have a really difficult time generalizing information.  This activity requires them to do just that!  If you don't have as many basketballs as we do, they're not necessary.  It's very easy to do the activity with just the cards.
 Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Culture/Geography:
2014 March Madness Players
 I was not able to include as many, or the exact players I would have liked for this activity due to copyright laws, however there are still sixteen different cards with different players from different teams.  The kiddos will match up the player, logo, and state with the controls provided.  I figure this will be a great introduction to specific players can follow during the next few weeks.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Culture & Geography Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Positions on the Basketball Court
 I love how this activity turned out. The kiddos will look at the cards provided, learning the names of each basketball position.  They will then use the markers provided to identify where the different players are initially positioned on the court.  I've color coded the position names on the cards with the color of the markers.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Culture & Geography Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Some of the Best Basketball Players Ever
 This activity includes five male and five female basketball players that are known to be some of the best basketball players of all time.  If you notice someone who's missing, it's most likely due to picture copyright laws.  Still, there are a lot of great players here.  I loved the opportunity to include girl players too.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Culture & Geography Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Shot Practice
 This activity is being used with our basketball hoop.  The kiddos will practice each of the different types of shots.  It should be fun to watch.

Source: I created this activity as part of my March Madness Culture & Geography Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Science:
We'll be doing some different basketball experiments throughout the week.  It should be fun!


Visual Arts:
The kiddos continue to draw in their journals each day.

Music:
Learning the Keyboard
This month we've progressed with our music theory.  The kiddos are reading letter names instead of finger numbers.  It's proven to be a little difficult.  I created this activity to help the kiddos along.

Source:  I created this activity.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Practical Life/Sensorial:
Make a Basket
 This is just a game I came up with using materials we had laying around.  The kiddos can play together or alone.

Design Your Own Jersey
 Technically this is an art activity, but it's included on our "fun" shelves this week.  I'm excited to see what logos the kiddos come up with for their jerseys.

Source: This free coloring page came from a basketball printable pack at 2 Teaching Mommies.

Lacing Sneakers
 This week we'll see if the kiddos can learn how to lace up their sneakers.  I figured this should come before I try to teach them how to tie their shoes.  That whole process scares me a little bit, even though I know it's time for Dinomite especially.

Potato Chip Taste Testing
 Sports games wouldn't be complete without some type of potato chip.  The kiddos have never really tried any flavors but plain. I'm hoping they'll decide to try a few new flavors over the week.  I must say I'm very intrigued by the chicken and waffles flavored chips.

March Madness Sensory Bin
As I laid in bed last night trying to finish up my plans for activities this week, it crossed my mind that I might just be able to pull off a March Madness sensory bin.  I must say it turned out quite well.

Sensory Bin Includes:
Basketball Erasers
Food Erasers: Pizza Slices, Soda Cups, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Plastic Basketballs
Plastic Basketball Hoops (Found in the Easter Section at Walmart.)
Basketball Netting
Plastic Trophies
Animal Figures representing different College Basketball Mascots
Bouncy Basketballs
Corn Kernels

I hope your week is going well!  For those interested  in the printables for this unit, click on the links below.




Next week we'll be continuing with our In the Kitchen Unit!

4 comments:

  1. Such fun ideas! Can't wait for more In The Kitchen!

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  2. These look great! We don't follow basketball in my home because we live in the Netherlands. I think I can adapt these for soccer as that is THE sport here! I love your ideas though, and I'm definitely adding these to my tot school pinterest board!

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  3. Love these ideas! Great hands-on activities and fun.

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  4. You amaze me with your awesome units and printables week after week, Renae! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing them with us! I was happy to feature your printables as Free Printables of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest. :)

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