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In this math activity (Page 14 of the Play Ball! PDF), learners play a game of "basketball" and analyze the results of the game. Learners spin a spinner and record what happens in a simulated basketball game. Learners represent the results on a graph, such as a bar or line graph, and then analyze the data. Three learners are needed to play the game: 2 players and 1 score keeper.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Representation

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To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access


  • Rimbey, M.Ed., NBCT (Math), Kimberly


  • All Rights Reserved, The Actuarial Foundation, ©2008

Funding Sources:

  • Ernst & Young
  • New York Life Foundation
  • Swiss Re
  • Towers Perrin


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