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TITLE: REVIEW BASKETBALL AUTHOR: Shawn Rodman, Decker Lake Youth Center GRADE LEVEL: Grades 6 and up; Any subject area OVERVIEW: It is often difficult to get students to actively read text books and search for information. This activity is designed to get students to search for more information in the text provided for them. OBJECTIVE(s): 1. Students will become more familiar with the material that they are studying. 2. Students will take a more active role in their learning. 3. Student will learn from each other 4. Students will learn to use reading material to find information. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Pens, Paper, Reading Material, Small Ball, and Trash Can. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Using materials provided by the teacher (textbooks, newspaper articles, etc.) each student will write five questions found in the literature. 2. The class will then be divided into two classes. 3. Teams will then take turns asking the opposing team questions that they have written. It is up to you whether or not they are allowed to use books to find information. I usually let them if more than 2 or 3 pages are involved. 4. A team that answers correctly receives one point and an opportunity to "shoot" for an additional point. In my class, shooting involves attempting to throw a tape ball into the trash can. (I have also had students draw cards out of a hat with 0 or 1 point assigned to them.) 5. If the team asking the question stumps the other team, they do not automatically receive a point, but they do have the opportunity to shoot for a point. 6. Points can also be deducted for inappropriate behavior. 7. The team that is ahead at the end of the pre- established time frame is the winner. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: Using this game approach to review material enables the students to search for information, re-read material, and have fun learning material. I make a pint of using several of the students questions for the exam, which shows them that the information they ask is important. The activity also gives the students a chance to work as a team when learning the material.