## Super Bowl Scores

- Lesson

This activity focuses on analyzing the scores for football games. Students study combinations of numbers to produce possible scores for football games.

A final score reported for a sporting event may not say much about the game itself. Pose the following question to students:

If a final score in football is 20-14, how were the points scored?

This question is not intended to focus on the plays used to score but rather on the different ways that a total of 20 points (or 14 points) might be earned.

Other questions to ask the students include:

- Is it possible that the team scoring 20 points scored four touchdowns?
- Might they have scored two touchdowns?
- If so, how could their other points have been earned?

Distribute a copy of the Super Bowl Scores Activity Sheet to each student.

Super Bowl Scores Activity Sheet |

Discuss with the class the fact that for a football team to have a certain number of points, only certain combinations of scores can be made. For example, for a teach to have 5 points, they would have to have made one field goal and one safety.

Some students may need to be told the meaning of a safety and have a brief review of the way football is scored.

Encourage the students to explore and develop as many possibilities as they can generate. The "bar-numberline" approach suggested on the activity sheet can be use to help them explore possibilities.

You might consider using other manipulatives to represent points.

**Extensions**

Ask students to describe the different combinations of gains that a team can use to make a first down in four downs.

For example, they can make the first down in one play, or they can make 9 yards in one play and 1 yard in the second, or they can make 8 yards in one play and 2 yards in the second, and so forth.

You may want to discuss the possibility of losses, penalties, and nonintegral gains.

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### Learning Objectives

Students will:

- Determine mathematical combinations
- Develop the concept of multiples and combinations of multiples