March Madness is here in more ways than one! Your students may be thinking about basketball and watching for their favorite teams to win. We, on the other hand, are thinking about how many days we have left before state testing (and whether our favorite teams are going to make it to the final four!). In honor of March Madness, I thought I'd share teaching ideas with a basketball twist.
Great Books with a Basketball Theme
Of course, one of the first options with a basketball theme is to use biographies of basketball greats. The kiddos in your classroom have a list of their favorites no doubt, and you can find biographies of most of them. There are great books out for Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and many others.
Other options we can find are picture books about parts of these players' lives. Salt in His Shoes, The Boy Who Never Gave Up, The Boy Who Became the King, and Dream Big are just a few you might check out.
Literacy Activities with a Basketball Theme
Cross Curriculum Materials with a Basketball Theme
CLOSE READINGDuring March Madness, it is a lot of fun to research basketball greats. These close reading sets feature two players, Lebron James and Stephan Curry. They work well for teaching close reading procedures as well as questioning skills such as analyzing question types and finding text evidence to support thinking.
READER'S THEATERThis freebie is focused on professional basketball versus NCAA, but since March highlights basketball, it might work well. Reader's Theater is a fantastic teaching strategy for building fluency, comprehension, and questioning. This freebie from my friend, Erin at Mrs. Beers Language Arts Class is perfect for your little sports fans.
Save It for Later
Children love playing, watching, and talking about sports, and because they find sports exciting, why not take advantage of that excitement and include sports themes in our teaching. You may find these activities fun this year, but just in case you want to wait til next year, here is a pin image you can use. I hope your team (if you have on in the tournament) does well. Mine lost in the second round, so I guess I'll be happy to have an earlier bedtime??!!? LOL!
Have a fun week!