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Super Bowl Scavenger Hunt

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In many homes, the Super Bowl is an event of some significance. This activity is designed to have students examine some enjoyable (and, sometimes, obscure) questions using mathematics during the game. The questions on the activity sheet require that the students make observations about the game.

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

pdficon  Super Bowl Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet 

Students should complete the activity sheet at home while watching the Super Bowl. If students are not going to watch the game, provide them with time in class to research a few of these questions on the internet. After completion, students should share their results and discuss any discrepancies. The goal here is not so much to find the correct answer as to identify an appropriate answer.

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Now, as a class, gather the various data and discuss it by using graphs, tables, averages (including means, medians, and modes), exact counts, and any other method that can be used to explore information.

For example, using the data collected in question 7 on the activity sheet (finding the total number of minutes of commercials during a 30-minute period), the students can compile their collective information, find an average, and then calculate an estimated percent of advertisement time.


J. David Keller, Daniel J. Brahier, and William R. Speer. The Arithmetic Teacher. January, 1993, 40(5). pp. 264‑77.


 Have the students identify questions that they would like to examine when watching the Super Bowl.

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Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Use observation and listening skills as a means of collecting data.
  • Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to be used in problem solving.

NCTM Standards and Expectations

  • Develop meaning for integers and represent and compare quantities with them.
  • Understand the meaning and effects of arithmetic operations with fractions, decimals, and integers.
  • Develop and analyze algorithms for computing with fractions, decimals, and integers and develop flue