LESSON TITLE: Basketball Physics
CURRICULUM AREA: Science / Technology
GRADE LEVEL: 7th
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Why do some basketball shots go in and others do not?
ACTIVITY SUMMARY: Go to www.teachersdomain.com (you will need to register – it is free). Search “basketball physics”.
ACTIVITY STRATEGY: Read the background essay aloud in class.
COGNITIVE TEACHING STRATEGY: Watch the 5 minute video from Dragonfly TV.
Once completed, conduct a class discussion from the “Questions from Discussion”
section from the Teachers Domain web page.
Take students to the computer lab and go to www.fearofphysics.com/Proj/proj.html
Give students a reasonable amount of time to work the simulation experimenting with
different distances from the hoop, shot angles and shot velocities to see if they can make the shot.
SUMMARY STRAGEGY: Take students to the gym and give them some time to put their new knowledge to the test.
RESOURCES: www.teachersdomain.com www.fearofphysics.com www.DragonflyTV.com