March is my favorite month for so many reasons: Daylight Savings Time, spring, my birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, and college basketball! The big tournament is starting and it’s the perfect time to bust out some basketball themed materials!
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Let’s talk about some fun crafts! I know I’ve said this time and time again, but I’m not a crafty person. I’ve never made a wreath in my life and I don’t own an ounce of puffy paint. haha. I’m pretty much Team NO PREP. Now, with that being said I’m all about simple activities that keep students engaged!
These basketball themed no prep crafts do just that! They’re simple and engaging! You just print and your students will construct their craft between turns! These are in the March Edition of my speech therapy crafts series or you can find them in the growing bundle.
You can also keep students very engaged with these basketball crafts!
You only need paper plates, black construction paper, scissors, glue, and an orange bingo dauber or word pieces (or both)! You can find the word pieces in my articulation crafts or speech therapy crafts bundles!
First up – The Super Extra Version! haha
This required 3 or maybe 4 pages of word pieces! I lost count. haha My Articulation Crafts make it super easy to print out pages and pages of word pieces for a single sound. You can print them on orange paper or have students color them in with an orange marker/crayon/bingo dauber. This bad boy will require multiple therapy sessions to complete, but hey… you plan once and you’re covered for the week.
If that seems too daunting for you little ones, check out The Super Easy Version!
In this version, students just use an orange bingo dauber (and you can add 5-10 word pieces to spruce it up a little, but not required)! Challenge your students to 100 repetitions and they can dab an orange dot for every correct production!
Then you just clue the black pieces on top! I used two straight lines and two curved lines.
Next up – Some fun basketball themed resources!
Basketball Articulation is new! If you’ve been following me for awhile then you know how much I love articulation printables! They’re so versatile! Slip them in a dry erase sleeve and make a basketball smash mat – use orange play dough to go with the theme! They can be used as bingo dauber pages, you can play roll & cover games (students can cover the words with tiny erasers/bingo chips), or they can be simple coloring pages. They’re great for homework, RTI, or therapy!
I also have a basketball themed activity in my Sports Interactive Articulation Notebook (also part of a growing bundle).
I love interactive pockets! They’re great hands-on activities that can be revisited over and over again! Whenever students want to practice their words, they can take their little basketballs out of the hoop! This can also be glued onto construction paper for a craft-like activity too.
Lastly, let’s talk about some great basketball themed books!
Picture books are my jam! They’re excellent therapy tools.
My Basketball Book by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons is one of my go-to non-fiction authors! This little book explains the game of basketball. It talks about each position and the rules! There are so many ways you can use this book in therapy:
1. Who Questions – Talk about the different positions and who does what (ex. referee, coach, guard, forward, center, etc).
2. Vocabulary – rebounding, traveling, referee, coach, etc. I find that sports vocabulary is highly motivating, because many students love to play sports during P.E. class, recess, or after school.
3. Social Skills – Basketball is a team sport. Talk about sportsmanship and why it’s so important.
Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
I grew up in the 90’s and Michael Jordan was one of my childhood heroes! This book is written by his mother and sister. They recall a period of time when Michael became discouraged, because of his height. Despite not growing, he worked hard…. and eventually grew to be 6’6”!
Use this book to work on:
1. Story Elements – Character, Setting, and especially problem/solution. Michael is intimidated by a tall boy at the neighborhood basketball court!
J is for Jump Shot by Mike Ulmer
This is an alphabet book that features tons of basketball themed vocabulary words! This book is like two books in one! It talks about every word with a little rhyme, but on the side of each page is in-depth information about each word. Use this book to address:
3. WH Questions
Hoop Genius by John Coy
The tag-line for this book is “How a Desperate Teacher and A Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball.” haha! This is a unique biography of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball! The illustrations in this book are incredible!
1. Problem/Solution – Mr. Naismith tries everything with his rowdy class (lacrosse, soccer, football, etc) and nothing captured their attention. So, like any good problem solver he invented basketball. haha
2. Categories – Things to do in gym class, sports, etc
3. Compare/Contrast – Compare how basketball was played then vs. now or compare the different types of sports that his class tried!
Have you ever used a basketball theme? Please share your favorite resources and books in the comments!
March has been full of Themed Thursdays! I’ll be back again next week with another fun theme too!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! P.S. Go Cats!
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