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

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9445-7
224 pages
March 2007, 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 Basketball 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 basketball 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 Basketball 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.



"The beauty of the Fantasy Sports and Mathematics programs is that while all the students are busy having fun, enjoying the competition, and building better relationships with sports-minded parents, they are, much to their surprise, learning to love math."
--Ryan D. Verver, math teacher,Southwest Chicago Christian School

"Students were eager to be the first in their math class to tally their scores and begin working with their team's stats. It was great to see boys and girls who were working both above and below grade level fully engaged in using their math skills and learning new ones."
--Sara Suchman, Harvard Graduate School of Education, former middle school director

Also available in the Fantasy Sports and Mathematics series:

Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics | Fantasy Football and Mathematics | Fantasy Soccer and Mathematics
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About This Book: FAQs.

About the Author.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Expectations Addressed by Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics.

Part One: Computing Weekly Points.

Chapter One: How to Play Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics.

Step 1: Selecting Players.

Step 2: Reading Box Scores.

Step 3: Collecting Data.

Step 4: Computing Points.

Chapter Two: Explaining Fantasy Basketball 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.

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 a Total Points Equation.

Handout 11: Total Points Week-by-Week.

Part Two: Using Graphs.

Chapter Three: Graphing Activities.

Circle Graphs.

Stacked-Bar and Multiple-Line Graphs.

Handout 12: Stacked-Bar Graph.

Multiple-Line Graph.

Additional Options for Graphing Activities.

Part Three: Using Practice Worksheets and Quizzes.

Chapter Four: Practice Worksheets.

Number Sense.

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 Graph.

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: The Pythagorean Theorem.

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability.

Practice Worksheet 40: Mean, Median, Mode, 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.

Mathematical Reasoning.

Practice Worksheet 46: Statements Using Math Terminology.

Extra Credit.

Extra Credit Worksheet: Extra Credit Problems.

Chapter Five: Quizzes.

Number Sense.

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 Graph.

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 of Rectangles.

Quiz 35: Golden Rectangles.

Quiz 36: Functions.

Quiz 37: Area and Circumference of Circles.

Quiz 38: Weight.

Quiz 39: The Pythagorean Theorem.

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability.

Quiz 40: Mean, Median, Mode, 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.

Mathematical Reasoning.

Quiz 46: Statements Using Math Terminology.

Chapter Six: Assessment.

Pretest/Posttest.

Chapter Seven: Answer Keys.

Practice Worksheets.

Quizzes.

Pretest/Posttest.

Appendix: Lesson Plans.

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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.
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  • 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.
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