Estimating the Super Bowl

Estimation is an important life skill that is often overlooked in math classes. This lesson allows students to practice and use estimation strategies and apply them to questions about the Super Bowl (how many gallons of soda will be consumed, etc.). The students will analyze pictures of football stands to make these estimates. This would be a great lesson to use in January, as the Super Bowl approaches. Lessons could also be prepared using statistics of the two competing teams for graphing, comparing, and analyzing.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.1.2
Employ a variety of strategies and resources to determine the definition, pronunciation, etymology, spelling, and usage of words and phrases.
GLE 0706.1.2
Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to problem solving, including estimation, and reasonableness of the solution.
GLE 0706.1.7
Recognize the historical development of mathematics, mathematics in context, and the connections between mathematics and the real world.
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Estimate large numbers.
  • Make written predictions from pictures and other limited information.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 
  • Students can identify variables (e.g., temperature at the stadium) that would affect the actual results.
  • Have students gather information after the football game is over to see how close their estimates are.
  • Have students make estimates of the number of souvenirs (i.e., pennants, sweatshirts, and hats) that will be purchased.

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