Use The Super Bowl As a Teaching Tool

January 29, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is about a week way, which means there’s plenty of time for you to incorporate some fun, football related activities into your lesson plans for next week. After all, with all the buzz about the big game that will be floating around the classroom, the best way to catch and keep your students attention will be to use their excitement to your advantage. Here are a few simple Super Bowl-based lesson plan ideas that we found to be interesting and easy to implement.

Research the location. Invite your students to do a little digging about both past and present Super Bowl sites and ask them to gather insight on this years big game location. Based on their findings have them create a unique Super Bowl ticket that accurately represents where this year’s game will be held. Finally, have them do a quick write-up, explaining why they chose certain elements and ask them to share their ticket designs with the class.

Plan a trip to the game. Incorporate a little bit of budgeting into your lesson plan by asking your students to plan their very own trip to see the Super Bowl. Challenge your students to scour the internet for tickets, travel and hotel costs while still staying within a predetermined budget. The student who is able to make it to the Super Bowl at the most affordable price wins! This is a great way incorporate technology in the classroom and show how math can be applied in real-life.

Understand the advertisements. As you know, the Super Bowl is known for it’s excellent advertisements. Take this as an opportunity to discuss persuasive rhetoric and examine some of the most successful ads in Super Bowl history. After previewing each ad, ask your students to explain what they got out of the commercial, the information they learned and/or how it made them feel. Then, ask them to choose which ad they thought was the most successful and explain to the class their reasoning.

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