Game #1 Rules for Basketball (as a Teaching Game)
GAMES: Before you play any of these games, be sure to read and understand the previous section, or watch the video included below, called "Teaching Hard Facts."
Feel free to change the rules to adapt the game to your class. If you have only one child, ask the question. If he gets it, he gets the point. If not, you answer it correctly, and YOU get the point. Play long enough so that the pendulum switches to his getting most of the answers. Don’t cheat and deliberately throw the game. He needs to know he won fairly.
The video below runs for 17 minutes, but summarizes most of the information on using the question box and running a game.
Basketball is a favorite because it is an effective equalizer. Anyone has a chance to win, not just the “smart” kid, or the athletic kid. This game requires a basket (wastepaper basket, cardboard box, hoop) and a ball (Nerf ball, wadded-up paper, basketball). Lay a pencil or ruler on the floor; they must stand behind it to shoot. If working with a wide age range, put down different free throw lines.
If it is just you and your child, you could just take points or actually shoot for your team. You can also go outside and play “HORSE.” This is an excellent game if you have a dyslexic child who needs activity to help him learn. A high school student can play a first grader if you adjust the throwing line and the height of the hoop.
Team #1 is asked a question. If the correct answer is given, that player takes a shot. If he makes a basket, score 2 points. If he misses, score 1 point for his correct answer. (Variation: no points given unless the basket is made.) QUESTION GOES BACK INTO THE BOX.
If discipline is required of a player, give the other team a "free" (no question asked first) foul shot, worth one point. If it is just you and your kid playing, you get the free throw.
As I said in my last blog, the games are easy, it is the way you play them and use the question box that makes them such a terrific learning tool. Make sure you read the short blog #1 on using the question box, or view the above video.
All games and game rules are described in the book, First Aid for Bible Classes, available on Amazon.
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