The game of football is so full of math that it easily lends itself to some great classroom math lessons. The easiest one for young children is to compare the scores form two games and see which one is bigger, which one is smaller and how far apart they are. For children in higher grades figuring out the percentage of touchdowns to field goals that made up each score can be interesting. Older children can also enjoy figuring our player percentages of achievement such as quarterback percentages or kicker percentages or percentage of yards for a running back.Older students would also enjoy it if you set up a class Fantasy football team each week.You can sign up for fantasy football at www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball.
There is a great integer football lesson plan at http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/profbooks/funmath....
The A to Z teacher site has math lessons for the Super Bowl at http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Super_Bowl_-_Football/
Edutopia has a video of 7 Super Bowl lesson plans at www.edutopia.org/.../super-bowl-lesson-plans-matt
For a yardage football activity visit www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3150
For a fantasy football lesson that ties in with the common core go to: blogs.edweek.org/.../how_to_teach_students_math_with_fantasy_footbal.
Introducing students to the concept of seeing math in their everyday lives is the key ingredient in building mathematical awareness that will be with them forever. Giving them a way to watch football with math in mind is a perfect way to build this everyday awareness of math.