|Descriptions of Fantasy Sports & Mathematics|
Fantasy sports are a hit worldwide with over 17 million participants in the U.S. alone. Fantasy sports are dynamic games in which students create fantasy teams by picking their favorite real-life players, following their player’s statistics, and computing their teams’ total points using algebraic or non-algebraic methods specifically designed to complement the math skills they are learning.
There are four programs available, each consisting of a teacher resource guide and student workbook for baseball, football, basketball or soccer. Teachers and parents can plan lessons that last for a week or a whole season. The instructions are easy to follow and the dynamic hands-on games address all learning styles. In addition to the basic fantasy games, each program includes graphing activities, lesson plans, a pre- and posttest, handouts, and an answer key, as well as reproducible worksheets and matching quizzes representing 46 math concepts, all complementing the national math standards.
Each program also includes over 100 scoring systems that give teachers and parents the opportunity to customize the content according to the skill level of their students. Scoring systems are based on fractions, decimals, exponents, roots, integers, summations, factorials, absolute value, or a mixture of all of the above. The programs also contain step-by-step instructions on how to implement the game as well as how to access statistics online.
Fantasy Sports and Mathematics brings excitement to the learning environment. Students get the opportunity to draft teams, decide on starting lineups, make trades, and manage their own franchise. This autonomy is a natural fit for their social and cognitive development. As a result, student interest is high, and they become fully engaged in the games.
Several of the practice worksheets are designed to be used with a graph, thereby addressing research indicating that learning is facilitated for visual learners and special needs students when visual materials are included in the learning environment. Examples of concepts that are woven into worksheets include ratio and proportion, percentage of price increase/decrease, finding a percent of a number, operations with integers, fractions, and decimals, and data depiction, including box and whisker graphs, scatter plots, and stem-and-leaf plots. Additional concepts include functions, area and perimeter, solving linear equations, the Pythagorean Theorem, and mean, median, mode, and range.
Fantasy Sports and Mathematics provides meaningful, innovative curriculum that engages students so they can make connections between math at home and math at school. The testimonials on this site will give you an idea of the tremendous impact these programs are having on students. You can also watch our feature story on ESPN (there is a link on the home page) or listen to our radio interviews on this site to get more information about these dynamic programs.