Super Bowl Weekend - football, wings, nachos, and... STEM? Yes, this can be a teaching moment between you and your kids. Not during the game, of course, but maybe on Saturday or Sunday afternoon! Try this math game from our book, Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating - Holiday Favorites Edition. In this downloadable edition of the cookbook, which you can read immediately, you'll also find the recipe for nutritious and delicious zucchini "fries" and dip on page 24. This and all other recipes include complete directions for cooperative family participation, easy-to-understand nutritional information, and of course, a STEM component. Enjoy this math football game before the BIG game and "fries" as a snack during the Super Bowl!
Football Math Game
To get ready for the big game, you can also get ready to play a football math game!
Draw a hundred-yard grid on a piece of paper like a football field.
Make sets of 20 or more grade-appropriate math flash cards from each child’s textbook. Get a timer – turns last only one minute to solve. If the player takes longer, that player loses a turn.
Create ADVANCE and PENALTY cards (see below)
Toss dice or use a spinner to see who will go first. Highest number wins.
Answer a question correctly and draw an ADVANCE card. After two correct answers, the turn passes to the player or team on the left.
Answer a question incorrectly and draw a PENALTY card. The other player or team takes over.
Game ends when one person or team gets 3 touchdowns.
ADVANCE cards: Make five of each: 5 yards, 10 yards, 20 yards. Make 2 of each: Touchdown, and field goal
PENALTY cards: Make five of each: 0 yards, -5 yards, -10 yards, -20 yards
Use this game as a model for other games in different seasons – basketball math, baseball math, soccer math, etc. Have fun making up question cards!
Author: Renee Heiss