Activities for Super Bowl and Groundhog Day

Typical Super Bowl scores - Students reflect on the mean, median, and mode losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores from past Super Bowls as they try to predict this year's scores. They decide how the next pair of scores will affect those central measurements.  6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 6th, 7.SP.4, S-ID.2

Super Bowl cost of ads still increasing - The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad has continued to rise.  Is the rise linear, exponential, something else?  Students graph and examine an exponential function, decide on the growth factor, and predict the future. 8.F.3, 8.F.5, 8.SP.1, HSS.ID.B.6a, HSF.LE.A.1, HSF.IF.C.8b

Super Bowl Numerals - Roman Numerals, how they are used and surprisingly easy numerals arithmetic. 5.NBT, 6.NS, 7.NS

Super Bowl Cheesy pretzel poppers - Students follow a recipe that involves cutting a block of cheese, figuring how many servings, estimating how many times they need to multiply the recipe by to make enough pretzel bites, and multiplying and reducing fractions. 5.NF.3, 5.NF.6, 5.NF.7, 6.NS, 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.G, 7.NS


Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? - The relative frequency of the groundhog's accurate forecasts. 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7


More Football activities

Home Team Advantage - Students study the data from a graphic to verify whether there is or is not a home team advantage. 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.SP.4

Big Bucks - Students look at various sport's contracts for highly paid athletes.  How much do they earn per year? per season? per game?  Students judge from slope which athlete receives the largest rate of pay.  6.RP.2, 6.RP.3, 7.RP.2, 8.EE.5

Do teams that spend a lot win a lot? - Students compare team wins with team salaries in the four major North American sports ... the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL.  Students use data from recent seasons to create scatter plots comparing wins and salaries for each sport.  5.G.1, 5.G.2, 6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 8.SP.1, 8.SP.2, 8.SP.3, HSS.ID.6, HSS.ID.C.8, HSS.ID.C.9

Extra point or 2-point conversion? - The NFL changed the extra point kick distance to 33 yards and now teams have a tough decision to make, go for one or two points?  The one point extra point is no longer a given with a success rate of about 94%.  Teams can go for two by trying to get the ball in the end zone from the two yard line. Teams have been successful at two-point conversions in the past about 50% of the time and 53% of the time after the first two weeks of the NFL season.  So we ask students, which does it make more sense to do? 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7, HSS.MD.B.5, HSS.MD.B.6, HSS.MD.B.7

NFL draft picks - Every spring, roughly 250 college football players are drafted by NFL teams through the NFL draft. How much does where they are drafted effect their earnings? 6.EE.9, 8.F.3, HSF.LE.A.1

4th down - It's 4th down.  Should you go for it?  Punt?  Kick a field goal?  Instead of using your gut, use research, data and math to make the right call .   7.NS.1, 7.NS.2, 7.NS.3, 7.SP.C.7, HSS.MD.A.2, HSS.MD.B.5, HSS.MD.B.6 , HSS.MD.B.7

Watson Saves - 2005 video of Benjamin Watson running diagonally across the entire AFC divisional championship game to make a tackle just before the goal line.  How far did he run? Pythagorean theorem, 8.G.7, G-SRT.8

Rush or pass - Are football teams better off having a great passing game or a great rushing game? Analyzing data with scatter plots, student group work, 8.SP.1, HSS.ID.B.6, HSS.ID.C.8, HSS.ID.C.9, HSS.IC.A.1, HSS.IC.B.6

Clean close shave - Does facial hair improve a quarterback's performance?  How large in an adequate sample?  Can you deduce a correlation?  How could you choose the data to ensure a correlation? what's the most effective graph to demonstrate the data? 6.SP.1, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2, 7.SP.3, 7.SP.4, HSS.ID.A.2, HSS.ID.C.9

Losing team in the playoffs -  How often do teams with losing records qualify for the playoffs?  Who was the worst team ever to make the playoffs?  In this activity students explore teams in the three major US sports who have made their playoffs with a losing record. How will they determine which team had the worst record. 4.NF.2 , 6.RP.1 , 6.RP.2 , 6.RP.3 , 7.RP.3

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