Basketball nets are a terrific addition to any schoolyard. For many schools, the students organize themselves in their own teams. A basketball net can keep active students engaged in healthy cooperative competition while practicing dribbling, passing and shooting skills.
There can never be enough play equipment for children to access on the playground. Some schools will assign each class a netted bag filled with balls, hula hoops, skipping ropes, and chalk. Each class is then responsible for managing their bag of goodies during recess and returning it to the classroom for storage. Other schools have a central area where children can borrow from the recess bin equipment, play with it then are required to return it when the bell rings. In either case, the students are supported.
In 2007, as part of my Reflections on Practice Course, I wrote the following story that celebrated cooperative playing and hooked into the grade four medieval curriculum. It is set at school and the main plot of the story takes place in the schoolyard. The story is written in rhyming couplets and alliterative ‘p’ sounding phrases and would be suitable for late grade 3 and up.
Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CYxgWw6Tgw