Inspired by Super Bowl Sub Game from Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands On Learners
Now that pre-season football has begun and families have started to think about afterschool sports, here’s a fun way to remember the rules of the sport and practice math skills at the same time.
- Have your child pick a sport
- Print out the game board (AKA field) from a bevy of choices on SportsDiagrams.com
- Look up the official rules of the game and write them on index cards.
- Separate the good ones and bad ones into two different piles – e.g. “Kicked field goal! Score 3 points” in the “good” pile and “Offsides – go back 10 yards” in the bad pile. (Extra Credit : print a copy of the referee signs for an extra challenge and paste it on the back of the index card. You can find some great ones on Google images here.)
- Put the math skill you are practicing on a set of index cards. (E.g. times tables, division, addition, subtraction)
- Set a time limit for the game.
- Do a coin toss to see who goes first.
- Pick a card from the math skill pile.
- Once the player has the answer, the player must announce the result and the other player must check his/her work against a calculator.
- If correct, the player takes an instruction card from the GOOD pile and does as instructed.
- If incorrect, the player takes an instruction card from the BAD pile and does as instructed.
- Play continues until time runs out & the player with the highest score wins.