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

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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,...

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Chabin
According to the author, a Fantasy Football exercise can require as little as 40 minutes a week from students and much less than that from teachers. The argument seems to go that by wrapping math in professional sports and by embedding pre-algebra arithmetic in it, teachers can engage students in math exercises. This is probably true for students who like professional sports, though many of those may well already play more sophisticated versions on-line. On the other hand, it makes an implicit assumption that math is not intrinsically interesting enough to hold a child's attention, which is simply wrong. The programs offer a page of exercises for each of a variety of topics commonly covered in grades 6 and 7. Teachers who are themselves interested in professional sports and who have sports-minded students may find it useful. This book is nearly identical to its counterparts in baseball, basketball and soccer. Part of the "Fantasy Sports and Mathematics" series. Reviewer: Michael Chabin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787994440
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/23/2007
  • Series: Fantasy Sports and Mathematics Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,455,958
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

About This Book: FAQs.

About the Author.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

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.

Trades.

Injuries and Bye Weeks.

Step 2: Reading Box Scores.

Step 3: Collecting Data.

Step 4: Computing Points.

Non-Algebraic Method.

Algebraic Method.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Get it, but be prepared to adapt pretty much all of it.

    I was not completely thrilled with the book. The idea is awesome and I have started using Fantasy Football in my math classes, but this book version has too generic of expectations with the quizzes and worksheets. Furthermore, the scoring is all set up to make a stacked bar graph--in other words fractions and make it much more of a complicated process than need be (not in Ohio standards anyhow). The worksheets are all generic and really have no connection to the NFL or to the kids. The player names and teams that are used are all made up and the kids are quick to point this out.
    I am using this book as a reference of the different ways I can incorporate fantasy football into my math class. I have created my own fantasy system and the kids are loving it. The cool thing is that the kids know they are the first group do this and they love giving suggestion and tweaks to make it better. I am using this book to create my own lessons and assessments that incorporate the real players, both historical and from the kids' teams. I will also use this format for baseball and other sports. I am willing to bet that is what Flockhart did, so I will save my cash on the other books. That, in my opinion, is what this book is good for.

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