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Players can score one, two, or three points. It depends on where they shoot the ball from. Most baskets are worth two points. Baskets made past the three-point line are worth three points. Teams are sometimes given free throws if the other team breaks the rules. Each free throw is worth one point.

Players with the ball must dribble when moving. They bounce the ball with one hand. If a player stops dribbling, he or she must pass the ball or try to shoot. Moving without dribbling is called traveling.

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Making Connections


Do you like to play basketball? Why or why not?


Have you read books about other sports? What do those sports have in common with basketball?


Basketball is popular all over the world. What other activities are done all over the world?

Teacher Resources

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