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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.

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    Once completed, conduct a class discussion from the “Questions from Discussion”

section from the Teachers Domain web page.

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    Take students to the computer lab and go to www.fearofphysics.com/Proj/proj.html

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    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

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