Discovery Education and the NBA have teamed up to create dynamic, action-packed resources that help students explore the world through the excitement of basketball. Immersive virtual field trips, interactive tools, and one-on-one interviews help students make clear connections to the subjects they’re learning. Career videos, game footage and stats, and buzzer-beating content are embedded throughout this premier collection to drive engagement, deepen understanding, and develop future-ready skills.
Today, more than ever, there’s an increased need to help kids of all ages find easy, actionable strategies to help reduce stress and stay connected with friends and educators in new ways. In partnership with the Jr. NBA and the Child Mind Institute, we’ve developed a collection of student-focused videos featuring NBA and WNBA players and legends sharing practical tips and activities for reducing stress during times of uncertainty. Each video is accompanied by a short instructional resource to support delivery in-person or remotely.
Once you’ve logged into Discovery Education, type “basketball” in search to access our dynamic basketball-themed content channel, loaded with unique digital content, images, videos, and instructional activities. Plus, you’ll have access to primary source images and videos directly from the NBA archive.
Math Techbook users have access to the NBA Analysis Tool, which allows students to gather and analyze NBA and WNBA statistical categories, follow a favorite player or team, and predict player performance throughout the season. Students will have fun as they grow their understanding of how essential math is to the game of basketball.
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This exciting NBA Virtual Field Trip collection invites students to take a look behind-the-scenes to explore NBA careers and understand the important impact they play on the game and business of basketball.
Please click on the playlist in the upper right corner of the video below to make your selection.
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Sample Apply Problem 1 of 4 (Middle School)
When the score is really close, and time is running out, coaches need to decide which player has the best chance of making a game-winning shot. In this problem, students play the role of coach and decide which player should take a technical free throw to win the game. Students use real-time statistics and their knowledge of percentages to figure it out.
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Sample Apply Problem 2 of 4 (Middle School)
An NBA basketball court is 94 feet long and 50 feet wide. Those might be the right dimensions for a player who is 6’10”, but is it the right size for a middle-school student? Using estimation and proportion, students will determine a court size that’s more appropriate for their height and stride length.
Sample Apply Problem 3 of 4 (High School)
A bank shot is a shot that hits the backboard first. They can be very effective—sometimes, even more effective than straight-on shots. But bank shots aren’t possible from every spot on the floor. Using their knowledge of geometry and reflections, students will analyze the situation to determine the spots from which bank shots are possible.
Sample Apply Problem 4 of 4 (Middle School)
Is the number of three-pointers a player makes related to the number of three-point shots that she attempts? That seems likely. Is the number of blocks related to free-throw percentage? Maybe not so much. In this problem, students will choose two stats that they think have a strong positive correlation, and then create a model to determine if there’s any relationship between them.
From the classroom to the court, the NBA is committed to providing education and fun opportunities for youth to engage with the game of basketball. The Jr. NBA is the NBA’s youth basketball participation program for boys and girls ages 6-14, which helps grow and improve the youth basketball experience for all. The Jr. NBA teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination and community—values that are critical on the court and in the classroom. Schools can register for the Jr. NBA program at no cost, and participating schools will receive up-to-date information about opportunities and resources that are available to official Jr. NBA member organizations.
As part of NBA Together, the NBA launched Jr. NBA at Home, a series of daily basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way. Follow @JrNBA on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and visit JrNBA.com to keep up with all the latest Jr. NBA at Home skills and drills!