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Listed below are Math Explorations that strongly support the NBA Math Hoops board game, and help to enhance the student's overall experience with the program. A brief description and related Common Core Standards are included for each curriculum piece. For your reference, the full original versions of the NBA Math Hoops Coach's Manual and Teacher's Guide are included here. If you are interested in obtaining a printed copy of either document, please contact the Learn Fresh staff.

2016-17 NBA MATH HOOPS TRAINING PACKET
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AN ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKET, INCLUDING THE 2016-17 CORE CURRICULUM AND DETAILS ABOUT THE YEAR'S PROGRAM EXPERIENCE.

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1.1 - UNDERSTANDING PLAYER CARDS
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STUDENTS EXPLORE PERCENT-DECIMAL EQUIVALENCE, AND DISCOVER THAT DECIMAL NOTATION IS USED FOR FG% BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A GREATER LEVEL OF PRECISION. WHEN COMPARING NUMBERS OF SHOTS MADE AND SHOTS ATTEMPTED BY TWO PLAYERS, THE NEED FOR A STANDARDIZED FORM OF MEASURING WILL BECOME APPARENT.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.NF.C.7; 6.RP.A.1; 6.RP.A.3; 6.NS.B.2

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1.2 - UNDERSTANDING PLAYER CARDS
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STUDENTS INVESTIGATE THE USE OF CIRCLE GRAPHS AS A MEANS TO REPRESENT PLAYER SHOOTING PERCENTAGES. STUDENTS WILL DISCOVER THAT GIVEN THE LEVEL OF PRECISION NEEDED, CIRCLE GRAPHS SERVE AS A REASONABLE AND EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR REPRESENTING PLAYER DATA FOR BOTH 2-PT. AND 3-PT. SHOOTING PERCENTAGES.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.MD.C.5; 4.MD.C.6; 6.RP.A.3; 6.NS.B.2; 7.RP.A.2; 7.EE.B.3; 7.SP.C.5

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1.3 - UNDERSTANDING PLAYER CARDS
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STUDENTS EXAMINE DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF SHADING ON THE 10 × 10 FREE THROW GRIDS. BY RUNNING THROUGH SIMULATED TRIALS, STUDENTS WILL BEGIN TO SEE THAT WHILE THEY MAY BE ATTRACTED TO CERTAIN PATTERNS, IT’S THE AREA, OR NUMBER OF SQUARES REPRESENTING A MAKE OR MISS THAT’S THE DETERMINING FACTOR BEHIND SUCCESS AND FAILURE.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
7.SP.C.5; 7.SP.C.6; 7.SP.C.7

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2.1 - ANALYZING THE GAME
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STUDENTS INVESTIGATE THE REASONING BEHIND THE RULE THAT STATES OPERATIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PERFORMED WORKING FROM
LARGEST NUMBER TO SMALLEST NUMBER. ONCE THIS INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE, STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHY THIS SPECIFIC RULE WAS PUT IN PLACE.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
3.OA.B.5; 3.OA.B.6; 7.NS.A.1; 7.NS.A.2

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2.2 - ANALYZING THE GAME
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STUDENTS EXAMINE OUTCOMES FROM OPERATING WITH ODD AND EVEN INTEGERS, AND TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF WHETHER OR NOT ONE YIELDS A DEFINITIVE ADVANTAGE OVER THE OTHER. THE WRITING PROMPT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS EXPLORATION PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUMMARIZE THEIR UNDERSTANDINGS, SUPPORTED WITH VALID MATHEMATICAL REASONING.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
3.OA.D.9; 4.OA.B.4

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2.3 - ANALYZING THE GAME
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SPECIAL DIVISION RULES HAVE BEEN BUILT INTO THE ADVANCED GAME THAT ADD A NEW DYNAMIC TO GAME PLAY. STUDENTS DETERMINE THE VARIOUS OUTCOMES RESULTING FROM THE GAME’S DIVISION RULES AND DRAW CONCLUSIONS AS TO HOW THEY MIGHT USE THEM TO THEIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE DURING GAME PLAY.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
3.OA.C.7; 3.OA.D.9; 4.OA.A.1

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3.1 - CREATING TEAMS AND A SEASON SCHEDULE
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STUDENTS DISCUSS VARIOUS OPTIONS WITH THEIR CO-COACH AND THEN BEGIN TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING DRAFT. THE DRAFT ITSELF WILL TAKE PLACE ONCE STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE FIRST HALF OF THE EXPLORATION AND SHOULD ONLY BE DONE ONCE YOU FEEL STUDENTS ARE FULLY PREPARED TO MAKE INFORMED, EDUCATED SELECTIONS.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
7.SP.C.5; 7.SP.C.7

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3.2 - CREATING TEAMS AND A SEASON SCHEDULE
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STUDENTS ARE DIRECTED TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THE DATA ON THE PLAYER CARDS AND EVEN ENCOURAGED TO PLAY A FEW PRACTICE GAMES TO GIVE POTENTIAL DRAFTEES A “TEST RUN.” THE GOAL HERE IS TO MAKE SURE CO-COACHES ARE CLEARLY COMMUNICATING WITH ONE ANOTHER AND FINDING A WAY TO REACH CONSENSUS ON PLAYERS THEY HOPE TO DRAFT.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
6.SP.B.5

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3.3 - CREATING TEAMS AND A SEASON SCHEDULE
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THE COACH’S MANUAL CAN BE USED TO HELP GUIDE STUDENTS TOWARDS THINKING ABOUT THE RULES OR PARAMETERS FOR CRAFTING A
CREATIVE SEASON SCHEDULE. THE SEASON SCHEDULE TEMPLATE WILL SERVE AS A USEFUL WORKING TOOL FOR MAPPING OUT THEIR SCHEDULES.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
HSS-CP.B.9

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4.1 - WINNING STRATEGIES
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STUDENTS BEGIN TO LOOK CLOSELY AT DIFFERENT PLAYERS’ SHOOTING PERCENTAGES. PRESENTED WITH A SELECTION OF DIFFERENT GAME PLAY SITUATIONS, THEY MAKE DECISIONS AS TO WHO SHOULD GET THE BALL, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE THEORETICAL PROBABILITIES OF SUCCESS.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.NF.C.7; 7.SP.C.5

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4.2 - WINNING STRATEGIES
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EXPLORATION 4.2 SERVES AS A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS TO MAKE SIMULATED GAME PLAY DECISIONS BASED ON PLAYER PERFORMANCE. THE OPPORTUNITY TO INFORMALLY DELVE INTO THE CONCEPT OF EXPECTED VALUE IS PRESENTED AS STUDENTS COMPARE PLAYERS IN POSSIBLE SITUATIONAL SHOOTING SITUATIONS.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.NF.C.7; 7.SP.C.5

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4.3 - WINNING STRATEGIES
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THE CONCEPT OF “CHOICE” IS PREVALENT IN THE ADVANCED GAME. STUDENTS WILL ENCOUNTER SEVERAL GAME-PLAY SCENARIOS THAT REQUIRE A SPLIT DECISION — DO YOU PASS OR DO YOU SHOOT? THIS EXPLORATION PROVIDES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD ON UNDERSTANDINGS GAINED IN THE LAST ACTIVITY INCLUDING THOSE DEALING WITH EXPECTED VALUE.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.NF.C.7; 5.NBT.B.5

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4.4 - WINNING STRATEGIES
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AS STUDENTS GET MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE GAME, IT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO GRADUALLY STEP UP THE PACE BETWEEN SHOT ATTEMPTS. WHEN YOU INTRODUCE THE SHOT TIMER, STUDENTS WILL QUICKLY DISCOVER THE DIFFICULTY IN COMPLETING ALL CALCULATIONS. KNOWING WHICH ONES TO FOCUS ON AND WHICH CAN BE SKIPPED IS A CRUCIAL COACHING STRATEGY.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.NF.C.7; 5.NBT.B.5

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5.1 - IMPROVING YOUR TEAM
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MIDWAY THROUGH THE REGULAR SEASON IS AN EXCELLENT TIME FOR BRIEFLY SUSPENDING GAME PLAY AND HAVING STUDENTS REFLECT ON FIRST HALF PERFORMANCE. A SERIES OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS ARE PROVIDED SO STUDENTS CAN ASSESS PLAYER AND TEAM PERFORMANCE AND DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT A ROSTER CHANGE WOULD BE OF POTENTIAL BENEFIT.

RELATED COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
4.NF.C.7; 7.SP.C.5

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5.2 - IMPROVING YOUR TEAM
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WHILE A FREE AGENT DRAFT AND MID-SEASON TRADE ARE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MAKE A ROSTER CHANGE, CREATING YOUR OWN PLAYER CARDS TRUMPS BOTH WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONALIZATION AND STUDENT BUY-IN. STUDENTS ARE GIVEN SUGGESTIONS FOR ACCESSING RESOURCES TO GATHER PLAYER DATA. THEY ARE THEN GUIDED THROUGH A SERIES OF QUESTIONS DESIGNED TO GET THEM TO THINK ABOUT HOW THEY WILL USE THE DATA TO CREATE THEIR OWN, PERSONALIZED PLAYER CARDS.

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6.1 - IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS
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STUDENTS ARE INTRODUCED TO A METHOD FOR COMPUTING WINNING PERCENTAGES. THIS DATA IS USED TO RANK TEAMS FROM BEST TO WORST BASED ON WON/LOSS RECORDS WHERE TEAMS MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE PLAYED AN EQUAL NUMBER OF GAMES. PRACTICE WITH COMPUTING THESE PERCENTAGES WILL HELP PREPARE STUDENTS FOR MAINTAINING TEAM STANDINGS FOR YOUR MATH HOOPS LEAGUE.

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6.2 - IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS
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STUDENTS ARE INTRODUCED TO A PROCESS FOR COMPUTING THE AVERAGE OR APPROXIMATE PER-GAME PERFORMANCE FOR A SELECTION OF GAME STATISTICS. AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT HERE IS THAT PER-GAME STATISTICS PROVIDE A GENERAL “AVERAGE” OVERVIEW OF PLAYER PERFORMANCE WHILE GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS PROVIDE MUCH MORE SPECIFICITY.

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6.3 - IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS
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COMPREHENSIVE TEAM ANALYSIS CAN TAKE PLACE ONCE STUDENTS ENTER PLAYER DATA INTO SOME OF THE FORMS PROVIDED WITH PREVIOUS EXPLORATIONS. THIS TYPE OF ANALYSIS IS BEST DONE AT MID-SEASON AND AT THE END OF THE REGULAR SEASON, IN PREPARATION FOR LEAGUE PLAYOFFS AND HOPEFULLY, THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!

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6.4 - IMPORTANCE OF STATISTICS
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KEEPING TRACK OF LEAGUE LEADERS DURING A MATH HOOPS SEASON CREATES A MORE COMPLETE EXPERIENCE AND ADDS TO THE EXCITEMENT. THIS EXERCISE PROVIDES PRACTICE WITH RATIO/DECIMAL CONVERSIONS AND ORDERING NUMBERS. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TRACK SHOOTING PERCENTAGES ALONG WITH TWO PER-GAME STATISTICS (POINTS-PER GAME AND ASSISTS-PER GAME) ON THE TEAM STANDINGS/LEAGUE LEADERS POSTER.

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GAME COMPONENTS

SCORESHEET
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PRINT EXTRA COPIES TO SUPPLEMENT THE SCORESHEET PAD INCLUDED WITH YOUR NBA MATH HOOPS GAME.

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TEAM STANDINGS POSTER (SMALL)
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TRACK YOUR LEAGUE STANDINGS AND STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE NBA MATH HOOPS SEASON.

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TEAM STANDINGS POSTER (MEDIUM)
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TRACK YOUR LEAGUE STANDINGS AND STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE NBA MATH HOOPS SEASON.

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TEAM STANDINGS POSTER (LARGE)
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TRACK YOUR LEAGUE STANDINGS AND STATISTICAL LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE NBA MATH HOOPS SEASON.

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TOURNAMENT POSTER (SMALL)
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TRACK THE RESULTS OF YOUR NBA MATH HOOPS PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT.

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TOURNAMENT POSTER (MEDIUM)
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TRACK THE RESULTS OF YOUR NBA MATH HOOPS PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT.

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TOURNAMENT POSTER (LARGE)
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TRACK THE RESULTS OF YOUR NBA MATH HOOPS PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT.

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