Fourth graders are combining math and football, and paying close attention to NFL teams.
At Peach Plains Elementary School, Aaron Klanderman’s fourth grade class has developed Fantasy Football teams, which they are following for 17 weeks. Each Tuesday they calculate team scores. The teams consist of a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.
Klanderman says that students work with graphs and statistics when they combine math with their interest in football.
The teams selected their players by drawing names from a box. They created their own team names – Soaring Eagles, Winning Lions, and Swimming Monkeys to name a few.
Students will begin their calculations with box scores the get from the ESPN iPad app.
For every 25 yards their quarterback throws for a completed pass, teams earn one point. They earn four points for every touchdown, and there are points for rushing yards.
“It’s not plain old math — you get to do an activity with it,” said fourth-grader Alayna Thompson.