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Basketball G5


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Designed By:
Christian Alas
Created and illustrated By:
Angelo Romero and Camilo Sanabria


Basketball is one of the world’s most popular sports. People of all edges enjoy playing, and watching basketball. In a basketball game, there are two teams on the court at a time with five players per team. There are also two referees nearby as well.

Their job is to keep up with the two teams and watch the game carefully so they can call any shots or illegal moves. It’s hard to coax the referee into calling off any fouls because they are usually very firm and final with their decisions.

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The basketball game begins with one members of each team jumping for the ball. In order to make a basket or to block an incoming shot, the teams must think of good strategies that will give them an advantage to win. The strategies, or plays, are usually numbered (like 1, 2, or 3) by the coach.

To use this code , the player with the ball in his hands will hold up the respective number of fingers and his teammates hurry to complete the number play.

In the NBA, a full basketball game has four twelve-minute quarters. In college a game is made up of two twenty-minute halves. Although that doesn’t sound like much at first, being in constant motion for an extended period is hard work and we should praise it.

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Running up and down on a huge basketball court can easily tire anyone out. It’s important to stay hydrated while you play, so always keep one or two bottles of water or a sport drink at your team’s bench. If you forget to bring one, politely ask someone to loan you theirs because it’s vital to drink when you’re thirsty- especially while participating in a basketball game.

The game ends as soon as the last second is up at the end of the fourth quarter and at this point, whichever team has more points, wins. If, by chance, both teams have the same number of points, they go into overtime and play another short quarter until someone wins.

Every single basket is important in a game – you never know when it could be the game-winning point. With the help and strategy of the coach and the individual effort of all its members, a team can slowly reach the winning goal of victory.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ code

2. ____ nearby

3. ____ thirsty

4. ____ coax

5. ____ young

6. ____ praise

7. ____ twenty

8. ____ goal

9. ____ slowly

10. ____ loan

A. Gradually, little by little

B. Persuade, convince

C. Give, lend

D. Youthful, childlike

E. Admiration, approval

F. System, policy

G. Close by, next to

H. Dehydrated, needing drink

I. Objective, purposes

J. The number 20

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Multiple Choice

Circle the letter of the correct answer

The NBA is a basketball league for

A.  Adults.

B.  Children.

C.  Both.

D.  Neither.

Each basketball team has ____ players on the court.

A.  3.

B.  4.

C.  5.

D.  6.

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Baskets made within the arc are worth

A.  1 point.

B.  2 points.

C.  3 points.

D.  None of the above.

Baskets made outside the arc are worth

A.  2 points.

B.  3 points.

C.  4 points.

D.  None of the above.

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A college basketball game is made up of

A.  20-minute halves .

B.  12-minute quarters .

C.  10-minute halves.

D.  None of the above

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ___  Basketball is one of the least popular sports in the world.

2. ___  A basketball game begins with 3 people jumping for the ball.

3. ___  A referee is used to watch the game and enforce rules.

4. ___  Basketball is played at all age levels.

5. ___  Basketball can be fun and provide great exercise.

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Short Answer

1. What is your favorite sport? Why?


2. Have you played basketball before? Did you like it? Why or why not?


3. Do you enjoy watching basketball? Why or why not?


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4. What do you know about Michael Jordan?


Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?


2. Give an example that supports the writer’s main idea


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3. How does the example help the writer’s main idea?


4. What do you think about the story?


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