E-Books to Engage Your Students in March Madness

Posted by Big Universe on Mar 25, 2014 6:08:53 AM

March Madness is in full swing. As underdog teams compete against the best of the best, the entire event becomes more and more newsworthy by the play. Students are bound to be glued to the televisions with their families and friends as the basketball drama unfolds over the next few weeks. Use this current event as a way to get your reluctant readers excited and inspired by basketball. Big Universe offers several options for readers of all ages!

Basketball e-Books for Grades 3-5

by Ray McClellan © 2010
ISBN: 9781600142796 AR: Book Level 3.9 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 131699 / Interest Level LG

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Players must dribble, jump, defend, and shoot their way to victory. Children will learn the history, rules, and equipment needed to play this fast-paced sport.

Basketball e-Books for Grades 6-8

Long Shotlongshot
by Timothy Tocher (author) © 2001
ISBN: 9780689843310

When 11-year-old Laurie Bird Preston learns her dad has accepted a new job in another town, she’s disappointed and angry. Not only will Laurie have to leave her best friend, Christy, and her position on the middle-school basketball team, but she’ll also have to make new friends in a new school and play for a new basketball team. Timothy Tocher’s compelling series of sports books for girls ages 6-13 deal with sports action on the field and emotional issues off the field.

Science at Work in Basketballscienceatwork
by Richard Hantula (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781608707331

Readers learn how scientific principles come into play with sports.


by Drew Silverman (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781614787112 AR: / Points 1.0

Best Sport Ever: Basketball takes readers from the beginnings of basketball to present day with a focus on the legends, the amazing stories, and the unique characteristics that make the sport great. Discover the game Dr. James Naismith invented in 1891, the equipment used in the game then and now, the thrill of the first slam dunk, and the achievements of Michael Jordan, Jumping Joe" Fulks, Babe Didrikson, the Dream Team, and so many others in this amazing overview of the Best Sport Ever: Basketball! Through colorful descriptions, a glossary, additional resources, engaging sidebars that go “beyond the basics” into advanced skills and health benefits, and more, the Best Sport Ever series is a can’t miss for today’s sports fan. SportsZone is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Basketball e-Books for High School

The Easy Wayeasyway
by Eleanor Robins (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781602919556

Meet the students of Carter High- they are a diverse group of teens from a variety of backgrounds. Each paperback book features a character embroiled in a typical high school dilemma. Topics are involving and pertinent to young adult readers: romance, sports, friendship, exams, work, family. In just 48-pages, even your least motivated readers can easily finish. Laine is the best shooter on the girls’ basketball team, but she only wants to do what she’s good at. Laine doesn’t want to work hard at sports or school. Laine is fortunate to have three friends who help her understand the value of working hard to achieve your goals.

A Second Shotsecondshot
by Alex Kuskowski (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781612472508

Finding the “right book” for struggling learners is essential to build both confidence and proficiency. Reading supports must be seamless, so that struggling readers are not stigmatized. The District 13 series does just that—written using carefully chosen vocabulary and simple sentences, the novels offer compelling teen stories about characters that interest young adult readers. Using sports as a backdrop, these edgy and mature titles confront issues that are of great importance to urban teens, especially teenaged boys: Coming of age, dating, fitting in, friendships, drugs, self-esteem, and school. Straightforward plots move readers through the 48-pages of text quickly and efficiently with satisfying resolutions. Synopsis: Wallace was worried. This was nothing like at his old school. He wasn’t giving up basketball. Not for bullies. Not for anyone. He messed up at his old school. This was his last shot. He’d just have to watch his back.

Falling Out of PlaceFalling
by M.G. Higgins (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781612476643

Gabby Herrera is not like her perfect sister, Celia—straight-A student, obedient, responsible. Her parents don’t get it. They don’t get er C-average report card. Her love for basketball. “The three of them think anything is possible if you just try hard enough. Well, I’ve tried. It’s not possible.” She can’t be who she is unless she is just like them. And if she’s not like them, she’s not a real person. She’s a broken person. A broken Herrera. And that is unacceptable.

Basketball in the Classroom

I always loved to do Sweet 16 brackets with my kids and our class’s favorite books. It was always a fun and friendly competition. How are you having fun with March Madness in your classroom?

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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