Fantasy Football and Mathematics: A Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents, Grades 5 and Up
March 2007, Jossey-Bass
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
About the Author.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Expectations Addressed by Fantasy Football and Mathematics.
Part One: Computing Weekly Points.
Chapter One: How to Play Fantasy Football and Mathematics.
Step 1: Selecting Players.
Option 1: Permanent Teams with Salary Cap.
Option 2: Different Teams Each Week.
Choosing Your Own Team.
Injuries and Bye Weeks.
Step 2: Reading Box Scores.
Step 3: Collecting Data.
Step 4: Computing Points.
Additional Scoring Systems.
Total Points Equations.
Chapter Two: Explaining Fantasy Football and Mathematics to Students: Handouts.
Handout 1: Description and Rules.
Handout 2: Fantasy Team Roster.
Handout 3: How to Read Box Scores.
Handout 4: How to Collect Data.
Handout 5: How to Compute Points: Default Scoring System.
Handout 6: Practice in Computing Points Using the Default Scoring System.
Handout 7: Default Total Points Equation.
Handout 8: Practice in Computing Points Using the Default Total Points Equation.
Handout 9: Weekly Scoring Worksheet.
Handout 10: Weekly Scoring Worksheet Using Total Points Equations.
Handout 11: Total Points Week-by-Week.
Part Two: Using Graphs.
Chapter Three: Graphing Activities.
Stacked-Bar and Multiple-Line Graphs.
Handout 12: Stacked-Bar Graph.
Additional Options for Graphing Activities.
Part Three: Using Practice Worksheets and Quizzes.
Chapter Four: Practice Worksheets.
Practice Worksheet 1: Rounding Whole Numbers and Expanded Notation.
Practice Worksheet 2: Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor.
Practice Worksheet 3: Operations with Whole Numbers.
Practice Worksheet 4: Equivalent Fractions.
Practice Worksheet 5: Patterns and Multiples.
Practice Worksheet 6: Ordering Fractions and Decimals.
Practice Worksheet 7: Rounding Decimals.
Practice Worksheet 8: Improper Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Reciprocals.
Practice Worksheet 9: Adding and Subtracting Fractions.
Practice Worksheet 10: Stacked-Bar Graphs.
Practice Worksheet 11: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.
Practice Worksheet 12: Rounding Fractions.
Practice Worksheet 13: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals.
Practice Worksheet 14: Unit Rates.
Practice Worksheet 15: Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages.
Practice Worksheet 16: Ratios.
Practice Worksheet 17: Percentage of Price Increase and Decrease.
Practice Worksheet 18: Finding a Percentage of a Number.
Practice Worksheet 19: Proportions.
Practice Worksheet 20: Ratios and Proportions.
Practice Worksheet 21: Factoring.
Practice Worksheet 22: Interest, Depreciation, and Tax.
Practice Worksheet 23: Prime Factorization.
Practice Worksheet 24: Scientific Notation.
Practice Worksheet 25: Ordering Integers, Fractions, and Decimals.
Practice Worksheet 26: Operations with Integers.
Practice Worksheet 27: Permutations and Combinations.
Algebra and Functions.
Practice Worksheet 28: Unit Conversions.
Practice Worksheet 29: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions.
Practice Worksheet 30: Properties of Mathematics.
Practice Worksheet 31: Graphing on a Number Line.
Practice Worksheet 32: Linear Equations (A).
Practice Worksheet 33: Linear Equations (B).
Measurement and Geometry.
Practice Worksheet 34: Area and Perimeter of Rectangles.
Practice Worksheet 35: Golden Rectangles.
Practice Worksheet 36: Functions.
Practice Worksheet 37: Area and Circumference of Circles.
Practice Worksheet 38: Weight.
Practice Worksheet 39: Pythagorean Theorem.
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability.
Practice Worksheet 40: Mean, Median, Mode, and Range.
Practice Worksheet 41: Probability.
Practice Worksheet 42: Circle Graphs.
Practice Worksheet 43: Stem-and-Leaf Plots and Histograms.
Practice Worksheet 44: Scatter Plots.
Practice Worksheet 45: Box-and-Whisker Plots.
Practice Worksheet 46: Statements Using Math Terminology.
Extra Credit Worksheet: Extra Credit Problems.
Chapter Five: Quizzes.
Quiz 1: Rounding Whole Numbers and Expanded Notation.
Quiz 2: Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor.
Quiz 3: Operations with Whole Numbers.
Quiz 4: Equivalent Fractions.
Quiz 5: Patterns and Multiples.
Quiz 6: Ordering Fractions and Decimals.
Quiz 7: Rounding Decimals.
Quiz 8: Improper Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Reciprocals.
Quiz 9: Adding and Subtracting Fractions.
Quiz 10: Stacked-Bar Graphs.
Quiz 11: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.
Quiz 12: Rounding Fractions.
Quiz 13: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals.
Quiz 14: Unit Rates.
Quiz 15: Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages.
Quiz 16: Ratios.
Quiz 17: Percentage of Price Increase and Decrease.
Quiz 18: Finding a Percentage of a Number.
Quiz 19: Proportions.
Quiz 20: Ratios and Proportions.
Quiz 21: Factoring.
Quiz 22: Interest, Depreciation, and Tax.
Quiz 23: Prime Factorization.
Quiz 24: Scientific Notation.
Quiz 25: Ordering Integers, Fractions, and Decimals.
Quiz 26: Operations with Integers.
Quiz 27: Permutations and Combinations.
Algebra and Functions.
Quiz 28: Unit Conversions.
Quiz 29: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions.
Quiz 30: Properties of Mathematics.
Quiz 31: Graphing on a Number Line.
Quiz 32: Linear Equations (A).
Quiz 33: Linear Equations (B).
Measurement and Geometry.
Quiz 34: Area and Perimeter of Rectangles.
Quiz 35: Golden Rectangles.
Quiz 36: Functions.
Quiz 37: Area and Circumference of Circles.
Quiz 38: Weight.
Quiz 39: Pythagorean Theorem.
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability.
Quiz 40: Mean, Median, Mode, and Range.
Quiz 41: Probability.
Quiz 42: Circle Graphs.
Quiz 43: Stem-and-Leaf Plots and Histograms.
Quiz 44: Scatter Plots.
Quiz 45: Box-and-Whisker Plots.
Quiz 46: Statements Using Math Terminology.
Chapter Six: Assessment.
Chapter Seven: Answer Keys.
Appendix: Lesson Plans.
- Tied to national math standards and can be tailored to different abilities: The programs include over 100 scoring systems that give teachers the ability to customize the content according to the skill level of their students and to reinforce specific math concepts, from fractions to algebra.
- A great way to make math exciting for kids of all ages: Fantasy sports are huge, with currently over 17 million participants in the U.S., and combining fantasy sports with teaching math is a wonderful way to keep kids interested and give them lots of practice in using math.
- Easy for teachers to implement: The instructions are easy to follow so teachers can start right away. They can use the games for one week or for a whole season to teach one math concept or many. In addition to the games, there are reproducible worksheets (also offered in the student workbooks), graphing activities, quizzes, and an answer key.
–Dana P Franz, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Mississippi State University
“Fantasy Sports and Mathematics! Finally, a fun and effective method for not only teaching math knowledge but going further and providing a framework for students to comprehend, apply, and analyze the learned competencies. A rare and innovative example of academics using sports to teach students life skills.” –Kim Beason, Associate Professor of Park and Recreation Management, Mississippi State University
"I have used Fantasy Sports and Mathematics for the past two years in my pre-service math education classes. It is an outstanding curricular example of making learning meaningful and connected, getting students to make data-driven decisions in an engaging and exciting activity."
–Tim Van Soelen, Instructor of Education, Dordt College, Sioux Falls, SD.
"Dan Flockhart’s innovative Fantasy Sports and Mathematics books are rich and innovative tools for inspiring students to delve deeply into the study of mathematics. He helps students create a solid personal understanding of abstract mathematical concepts through practical application in the form of fantasy sports. His books are a highly accessible, motivational, and unique resource for teachers who want their students to appreciate the relevance and importance of mathematics in their own lives."
–Ann Diver-Stamnes, Professor, Humboldt State University, CA