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Seven Super Bowl Lesson Plans and Resources for the Classroom

This week, there might be a bit of Super Bowl energy and excitement running through your classroom, and there are a number of great ways to wrangle those murmurs into teachable moments.

This Sunday, February 3, the San Francisco 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl 47, and we here at Edutopia, like most football fans in Northern California, are excited to root for the hometown team. If you're looking for ways to incorporate the Super Bowl into your lessons, here are some links to resources around the Web. There's a little bit of every subject -- from media studies, to math, science, and the arts.

  • Five Ways to Teach the Super Bowl from NY Times Learning Network: Lessons and teaching strategies are based around five subject areas -- Science, Math, Media Studies, Language Arts, and History and Civics -- and cover a variety of relevant ideas, from statistics math lessons to critical analysis of Super Bowl ads.
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    Traci Gardner's picture

    Thanks so much. I added a link from the Thinkfinity page back to this post, so maybe we'll get some cross-site love going on :)

    Stephen Krashen's picture
    Stephen Krashen
    Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California

    In the discussion of the superbowl in class, please also include the role of professional athletics in society. Noam Chomsky has pointed out that understanding of the details of athletics (eg points after touchdown, off-side penalties, linebackers, odds, details of players' strengths and weaknesses ...) is often more complex than politics, and that fans are usually capable of deep critical thinking involving many complex issues (pass or kick? punt on third down? kick the field goal or go for the touchdown?), but we are told that politics is too hard, and we should leave it to the experts.

    He concludes that organized sports is a way of diverting our attention away from areas we could have an influence on to areas we can't have an influence on.

    I think the average citizen knows a lot more about the superbowl than the common core standards. To see what you know, please take our short quiz: http://www.progressive.org/test-your-public-ed-savvy

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