I absolutely loved basketball growing up. I can remember playing in the scorching heat during the summer with my brother. We'd sneak in the backyard while mom was at work. I can even remember my brother and I using dozens of wire hangers as hoops when we were kids. We'd shape them into circles and jam them at the top of our wooden bedroom door hoping mom wouldn't notice the horrible scratches and chipping that developed over time. Then, we'd use all of mom's foil to make a ball or just grab one of the plastic oranges or apples from the fancy bowl on the dining table. Tightly folded socks were good, too! Whatever we could get our hands on! I watched basketball on television. I can remember crying when my favorite team lost. I played basketball on video games. I played in middle and high school! Basketball was life! Today, I decided to bring my love of the game into the classroom.
We've been studying appositive phrases in language arts this week. My students are getting the hang of identifying them in text, and I couldn't be prouder. As a review for an upcoming test, we played what's normally referred to as Trashketball. I really wanted my students to get the feel of playing basketball, so one of my students volunteered to let me borrow her basketball hoop from home! Very sweet kid! Truth is, we didn't actually play...play. But, at least a hoop and basketball were involved. The game was basketball-themed! That's better. Before we started, I displayed the presentation via Google Slides. We reviewed appositive phrases and discussed the rules of the game. I passed out necessary materials, and we started!
My students had...a...blast! They worked together! They were engaged! And they were loud! Loud is good when fun is happening! I mean, who wouldn't enjoy such a cool way to study for a test? Today was a good day!