Basketball Multiplication

Grade Levels: 3 - 5


  • Students will practice basketball skills.
  • Students will practice math skills.


  • 2 basketballs for each basket
  • Math facts
  • Hula hoops or poly-spots
  • Score cards and pencils


Notes: Use math facts at an appropriate level so that all students can achieve success. If some students have problems, let them work in cooperative groups.

  1. Place hula hoops or poly-spots at various distances from each basket.
  2. Tape a number on each hoop or spot.
  3. Also assign a number to each basket.
  4. Give each student a piece of paper and pencil and ask them to divide themselves into equal groups at each basket.
  5. On signal, students begin shooting from the various hoop and spot locations.
  6. If a shot is made they multiply the number on the hoop or spot by the number assigned to the basket.
  7. They then write the answer on the score card.
  8. After 3 minutes, they add the numbers, record the sum, and rotate to the next basket.
  9. Students continue rotating until all baskets have been played.
  10. After playing all baskets, students should add the total of all scores.
  • Play as a team of two or four, using one score card.
  • Use other mathematical operations as appropriate for the grade level and ability of students.

    Excerpted from P.E. Teacher's Complete Fitness & Skills Development Activities Program.

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