Fantasy Football and Mathematics : A Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents, Grades 5 and Up

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-23
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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A great new way to getall kids excited about math! Fantasy sports are a hit worldwide, and now teachers and parents can take advantage of this phenomenon to give students a reason to look forward to doing math. The games and activities in Fantasy Football and Mathematics will get kids excited about learning and practicing math, even if they're not big sports fans. With this fun-filled educational resource you can teach one math concept or many, and plan lessons that can last for a week or a whole season. Here's how it works. Students create fantasy teams by picking real-life professional football players, following their players' statistics, and calculating their team's total points using algebraic or nonalgebraic methods specifically designed to complement the math skills they are learning. The instructions are easy to follow, and the dynamic hands-on games address all learning styles and abilities. The book includes more than 100 scoring systems that give you the flexibility to customize the content according to your students' skill levels. In addition to the basic Fantasy Football game, the book contains easy-to-use lesson plans, reproducible worksheets for extra practice on 46 different math concepts, graphing activities, quizzes, a pre- and post- test, and an answer key. More than just a fun way to learn math, the book's activities also support the NCTM Math Standards. "I had students' eyes light up like never before when I told them we were going to play Fantasy Football in math class! The students who have never been successful at anything in math are now my experts helping other students. They are so proud of themselves!" --Julie Myers, Lyman Moore Middle School,Portland, Maine "Playing Fantasy Football and Mathematics from a preservice teacher perspective allows my secondary math methods students to see the power of teaching math with motivational and mathematically sound materials. My students are very engaged in Fantasy Football." --Dana Pomykal Franz, assistant professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Mississippi State University Also available in the Fantasy Sports and Mathematics series: Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics Fantasy Soccer and Mathematics

Author Biography

Dan Flockhart, M.Ed., is a former middle school math teacher who incorporated fantasy sports into his math curriculum. He presents his innovative method of teaching at conventions and maintains a Web site for the series at http://www.fantasysportsmath.com.

Table of Contents

About This Book: FAQs
About the Author
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Expectations Addressed
Computing Weekly Points
How to Play Fantasy Football and Mathematics
Selecting Players
Permanent Teams with Salary Cap
Different Teams Each Week
Choosing Your Own Team
Injuries and Bye Weeks
Reading Box Scores
Collecting Data
Computing Points
Non-Algebraic Method
Algebraic Method
Additional Scoring Systems
Total Points Equations
Explaining Fantasy Football and Mathematics to Students: Handouts
Description and Rules
Fantasy Team Roster
How to Read Box Scores
How to Collect Data
How to Compute Points: Default Scoring System
Practice in Computing Points Using the Default Scoring System
Default Total Points Equation
Practice in Computing Points Using the Default Total Points Equation
Weekly Scoring Worksheet
Weekly Scoring Worksheet Using Total Points Equations
Total Points Week-by-Week
Using Graphs
Graphing Activities
Circle Graphs
Stacked-Bar and Multiple-Line Graphs
Stacked-Bar Graph
Multiple-Line Graph
Additional Options for Graphing Activities
Using Practice Worksheets and Quizzes
Practice Worksheets
Number Sense
Rounding Whole Numbers and Expanded Notation
Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor
Operations with Whole Numbers
Equivalent Fractions
Patterns and Multiples
Ordering Fractions and Decimals
Rounding Decimals
Improper Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Reciprocals
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Stacked-Bar Graphs
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Rounding Fractions
Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
Unit Rates
Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
Percentage of Price Increase and Decrease
Finding a Percentage of a Number
Ratios and Proportions
Interest, Depreciation, and Tax
Prime Factorization
Scientific Notation
Ordering Integers, Fractions, and Decimals
Operations with Integers
Permutations and Combinations
Algebra and Functions
Unit Conversions
Evaluating Algebraic Expressions
Properties of Mathematics
Graphing on a Number Line
Linear Equations (A)
Linear Equations (B)
Measurement and Geometry
Area and Perimeter of Rectangles
Golden Rectangles
Area and Ci
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