Chances are your students are counting down to Super Bowl Sunday, when the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers on February 7. You can capitalize on your student’s excitement and anticipation with some fun and easy learning activities. Several websites have great ideas you can easily incorporate into your curriculum.
Kim Haynes, writing for TeachHub.com, suggests combining history and geography. Provide students with a blank map of the US, and have them write down the names of 32 NFL teams in the correct state. Discuss how the team names are tied to the areas they represent. Math activities can take the form of comparing statistics of the competing teams, or converting of yards into feet or meters. Haynes also takes it further with lessons on sports drinks and nutrition, interviewing skills, and commercial writing.
Other activities include creating a Super Bowl word search, word scramble, trivia game, or matching the team logo to the team name game, says TheTeachersCorner.net.
Middle school activities
Students in visual arts classes can design their own Super Bowl tickets, or study the logos used for each team and discuss the merits of each design. In the online article, “Super Bowl Blitz: Football-Related Activities for Fans of All Ages,” EducationWorld.com says that a helpful but simple math lesson can be devised by calculating the average cost of attending the game. Students can find prices for game tickets, plane fare, hotel rooms, and dinners online, then calculate the cost. And the NFL even gets into the action with their “Fun Facts” pages such as “NFL Freaky Facts: Levi’s Stadium.”
High school students
In “Teach the Super Bowl: Ideas for Subjects Across the Curriculum” Katherine Schulten, writing for the New York Times, offers a variety of thought-provoking discussion topics for high school students. These include discussions on sports ethics, concussions, player violence, and racial issues.
Of course, students of all ages will want to talk about the game on Monday. You can use this time to work on critical thinking skills by discussing, for example, the effectiveness of the commercials, or the sportsmanship displayed by team members.
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