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The History of the Basketball

The History of the Basketball

Author: Joel Copple

Learn about the history of the pumpkin looking ball that goes in the basket.

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Click here to go to Spalding's website to learn more about the history and development of the basketball.

Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. Originally, the sport was played with a peach basket and a soccer ball. In 1894, Spalding created its’ first basketball. Early basketballs came with laces. In 1937, Spalding removed the laces and basketballs started to look more like what is used today. Spalding’s full-grain leather ball became the official basketball of the NBA in 1983. In 2006, a new official game ball was introduced by the NBA and Spalding. This ball, featuring Cross Traxxion technology was made of microfiber material.


The First Basketball

A short, useful clip about the first basketball.


Even though basketball is just a game, why do you think it is so important to so many people. If basketball is important to you explain why. If it isn't, explain why you think so many people like it. Then, list 2 things that you learned from this lesson and list 1 thing relating to the lesson that you are still curious about or would like to know more about. Respond with pencil and paper and turn in.


Writing Standards Addressed through this lesson

Grade 4 Text Type and Purposes

2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related

information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

c. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Production and Distribution of Writing

4. Produce clear and coherent writing (including multiple-paragraph texts) in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Language Standards Addressed through this lesson

Grade 4 Conventions of Standard English

1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

a. Use interrogative, relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).

b. Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.

c. Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.

d. Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag).

e. Form and use prepositional phrases.

f. Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*

g. Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).*