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Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics: A Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents, Grades 5 and Up

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Publisher Comments:

A great new way to get all kids excited about math!

Fantasy sports are a hit worldwide, and now teachers and parents can take advantage of this phenomenon to give students a reason to look forward to doing math. The games and activities in Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics will get kids excited about learning and practicing math, even if they're not big sports fans. With this fun-filled educational resource, you can teach one math concept or many, and plan lessons that can last for a week or a whole season.

Here's how it works. Students create fantasy teams by picking real-life professional baseball players, and then follow their players' statistics and calculate their teams' total points using algebraic or nonalgebraic methods specifically designed to complement the math skills they're learning. The instructions are easy to follow and the dynamic hands-on games address all learning styles and abilities. The book includes more than 100 scoring systems that give you the flexibility to customize the content according to your students' skill levels.

In addition to the basic Fantasy Baseball game, the book contains easy-to-use lesson plans, reproducible worksheets for extra practice on 46 different math concepts, graphing activities, quizzes, a pre- and post- test, and an answer key. More than just a fun way to learn math, the book's activities also support the NCTM Math Standards.

"The Fantasy Sports and Mathematics programs allow you to reach the students, making the lessons not only comprehensive and enriching, but very exciting. The students loved it, worked harder than ever, and their GEPA scores increased over 40 points in the first year alone!"

—Robert Creamer, teacher, Woodbine School District, Woodbine, New Jersey

"Fantasy Sports and Mathematics! Finally, a fun and effective method not only for teaching math knowledge but going further and providing a framework for students to comprehend, apply, and analyze the learned competencies. A rare and innovative example of academics using sports to teach students life skills."

—Kim Beason, associate professor, Park and Recreation Management, University of Mississippi

Also available in the Fantasy Sports and Mathematics series:

Fantasy Basketball and Mathematics | Fantasy Football and Mathematics | Fantasy Soccer and Mathematics

Synopsis:

A great new way to get all students in grades 5 and up excited about math

Fantasy sports are a hit worldwide with over 17 million participants in the U.S. alone. Now teachers and parents can take advantage of this phenomenon to give students a reason to look forward to learning math. Choose from baseball, football, basketball and soccer to plan lessons that last for a week or a whole season, and teach one math concept or many. Students create fantasy teams by picking their favorite real-life players, they follow their player’ s statistics, and they calculate their teams’ total points using algebraic or non-algebraic methods specifically designed to complement the math skills they are learning. The instructions are easy to follow and the dynamic hands-on games address all learning styles and abilities. In addition to the basic fantasy games, there are reproducible worksheets representing over 40 math concepts, graphing activities, quizzes, lesson plans, and an answer key, all complementing the national math standards. The student workbooks include all the reproducibles from the Teacher and Parent Guides.

Dan Flockhart, MEd (Fortuna, CA) is a teacher at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, and was a middle school math teacher when he first incorporated fantasy sports into his math curriculum. He presents his innovative method of teaching math and fantasy sports conventions, and maintains a Web site that includes a support forum for teachers as well as contests for students at www.fantasysportsmath.com.

Synopsis:

Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics is an innovative program that uses real-world sports data to capitalize on the fun and dynamic phenomenon of fantasy sports to teach kids math. Fantasy sports are games played nationwide by millions of adolescents and adults. Participants select athletes from college or professional teams. Players earn points based on their performances in their games. Each week students use newspapers or online resources to locate their players' statistics in order to find the sum of the points earned by their team. The goal of the game is to accumulate the highest number of points.

There are four programs for grades five and up: football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Each program consists of a student workbook as well as a resource guide for teachers and parents. Each program includes lesson plans, student handouts, a pre- and post-test, 46 practice worksheets, 46 quizzes, examples of graphs and box scores, and over 100 scoring systems that give teachers and parents the flexibility to customize content according to the skill level of their students.

Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics is student-centered, collaborative, and motivating. Its hands-on features (newspapers, the Internet, and graphing activities) address all learning styles. In addition, students receive multiple exposures to concepts in order to gain mastery and facilitate their transition to algebra. Preparation time for teachers is minimal, once the game begins. Students can follow their players on television, online, or in newspapers, giving them a chance to make connections between math at school and in the real world. They can also play it at home with their parents.

About the Author

Dan Flockhart, M.Ed., is a former middle school math teacher who incorporated fantasy sports into his math curriculum. He presents his innovative method of teaching at conventions and maintains a Web site for the series at http://www.fantasysportsmath.com.

Table of Contents

About This Book: FAQs.

About the Author.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Expectations Addressed by Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics.

Part One: Computing Weekly Points.

Chapter One: How to Play Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics.

Step 1: Selecting Players.

Option 1: Permanent Teams with Salary Cap.

Option 2: Different Teams Each Week.

Choosing Your Own Team.

Trades.

Injuries.

Step 2: Reading Box Scores.

Step 3: Collecting Data.

Step 4: Computing Points.

Default Total Points Equation for Nonpitchers.

Default Total Points Equation for Pitchers.

Example Using Default Total Points Equations: Points Earned  for the English Bulldogs.

Additional Scoring Systems.

Additional Scoring Systems (Total Points Equations).

Chapter Two: Explaining Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics to Students: Handouts.

Handout 1: Description and Rules.

Handout 2: Fantasy Team Roster.

Handout 3: How to Read Box Scores.

Handout 4: How to Collect Data.

Handout 5: How to Compute Points.

Handout 6: Practice in Computing Points, Using the Default Scoring System.

Handout 7: Default Total Points Equations.

Handout 8: Practice in Computing Points, Using the Default Total Points Equations.

Handout 9: Weekly Scoring Worksheet.

Handout 10: Weekly Scoring Worksheet Using Total Points Equations.

Handout 11: Total Points Week-by-Week.

Part Two: Using Graphs.

Chapter Three: Graphing Activities.

Circle Graphs 53

Stacked-Bar and Multiple-Line Graphs 55

Handout 12: Stacked-Bar Graph 56

Multiple-Line Graph 57

Additional Options for Graphing Activities 58

Part Three: Using Practice Worksheets and Quizzes.

Chapter Four: Practice Worksheets.

Number Sense.

Practice Worksheet 1: Rounding Whole Numbers and Expanded Notation.

Practice Worksheet 2: Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor.

Practice Worksheet 3: Operations with Whole Numbers.

Practice Worksheet 4: Equivalent Fractions.

Practice Worksheet 5: Patterns and Multiples.

Practice Worksheet 6: Ordering Fractions and Decimals.

Practice Worksheet 7: Rounding Decimals.

Practice Worksheet 8: Improper Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Reciprocals.

Practice Worksheet 9: Adding and Subtracting Fractions.

Practice Worksheet 10: Stacked-Bar Graph.

Practice Worksheet 11: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.

Practice Worksheet 12: Rounding Fractions.

Practice Worksheet 13: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals.

Practice Worksheet 14: Unit Rates.

Practice Worksheet 15: Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages.

Practice Worksheet 16: Ratios.

Practice Worksheet 17: Percentage of Price Increase and Decrease.

Practice Worksheet 18: Finding a Percentage of a Number.

Practice Worksheet 19: Proportions.

Practice Worksheet 20: Ratios and Proportions.

Practice Worksheet 21: Factoring.

Practice Worksheet 22: Interest, Depreciation, and Tax.

Practice Worksheet 23: Prime Factorization.

Practice Worksheet 24: Scientific Notation.

Practice Worksheet 25: Ordering Integers, Fractions, and Decimals.

Practice Worksheet 26: Operations with Integers.

Practice Worksheet 27: Permutations and Combinations.

Algebra and Functions.

Practice Worksheet 28: Unit Conversions.

Practice Worksheet 29: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions.

Practice Worksheet 30: Properties of Mathematics.

Practice Worksheet 31: Graphing on a Number Line.

Practice Worksheet 32: Linear Equations (A).

Practice Worksheet 33: Linear Equations (B).

Measurement and Geometry.

Practice Worksheet 34: Area and Perimeter of Rectangles.

Practice Worksheet 35: Golden Rectangles.

Practice Worksheet 36: Functions.

Practice Worksheet 37: Area and Circumference of Circles.

Practice Worksheet 38: Weight.

Practice Worksheet 39: The Pythagorean Theorem.

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability.

Practice Worksheet 40: Mean, Median, Mode, Range.

Practice Worksheet 41: Probability.

Practice Worksheet 42: Circle Graphs.

Practice Worksheet 43: Stem-and-Leaf Plots and Histograms.

Practice Worksheet 44: Scatter Plots.

Practice Worksheet 45: Box-and-Whisker Plots.

Mathematical Reasoning.

Practice Worksheet 46: Statements Using Math Terminology.

Extra Credit.

Extra Credit Worksheet: Extra Credit Problems.

Chapter Five: Quizzes.

Number Sense.

Quiz 1: Rounding Whole Numbers and Expanded Notation.

Quiz 2: Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor.

Quiz 3: Operations with Whole Numbers.

Quiz 4: Equivalent Fractions.

Quiz 5: Patterns and Multiples.

Quiz 6: Ordering Fractions and Decimals.

Quiz 7: Rounding Decimals.

Quiz 8: Improper Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Reciprocals.

Quiz 9: Adding and Subtracting Fractions.

Quiz 10: Stacked-Bar Graph.

Quiz 11: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.

Quiz 12: Rounding Fractions.

Quiz 13: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals.

Quiz 14: Unit Rates.

Quiz 15: Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages.

Quiz 16: Ratios.

Quiz 17: Percentage of Price Increase and Decrease.

Quiz 18: Finding a Percentage of a Number.

Quiz 19: Proportions.

Quiz 20: Ratios and Proportions.

Quiz 21: Factoring.

Quiz 22: Interest, Depreciation, and Tax.

Quiz 23: Prime Factorization.

Quiz 24: Scientific Notation.

Quiz 25: Ordering Integers, Fractions, and Decimals.

Quiz 26: Operations with Integers.

Quiz 27: Permutations and Combinations.

Algebra and Functions.

Quiz 28: Unit Conversions.

Quiz 29: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions.

Quiz 30: Properties of Mathematics.

Quiz 31: Graphing on a Number Line.

Quiz 32: Linear Equations (A).

Quiz 33: Linear Equations (B).

Measurement and Geometry.

Quiz 34: Area of Rectangles.

Quiz 35: Golden Rectangles.

Quiz 36: Functions.

Quiz 37: Area and Circumference of Circles.

Quiz 38: Weight.

Quiz 39: The Pythagorean Theorem.

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability

Quiz 40: Mean, Median, Mode, Range.

Quiz 41: Probability.

Quiz 42: Circle Graphs.

Quiz 43: Stem-and-Leaf Plots and Histograms.

Quiz 44: Scatter Plots.

Quiz 45: Box-and-Whisker Plots.

Mathematical Reasoning.

Quiz 46: Statements Using Math Terminology.

Chapter Six: Assessment.

Chapter Seven: Answer Keys.

Practice Worksheets.

Quizzes.

Pretest/Posttest.

Appendix: Lesson Plans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787994433
Author:
Flockhart, Dan
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
Parent Participation
Subject:
Elementary
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Mathematics
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Subject:
Mathematical recreations
Subject:
Education-Teaching Math and Science
Copyright:
Series:
Fantasy Sports and Mathematics Series
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20070323
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10.92x8.48x.65 in. 1.35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A great new way to get all students in grades 5 and up excited about math

Fantasy sports are a hit worldwide with over 17 million participants in the U.S. alone. Now teachers and parents can take advantage of this phenomenon to give students a reason to look forward to learning math. Choose from baseball, football, basketball and soccer to plan lessons that last for a week or a whole season, and teach one math concept or many. Students create fantasy teams by picking their favorite real-life players, they follow their player’ s statistics, and they calculate their teams’ total points using algebraic or non-algebraic methods specifically designed to complement the math skills they are learning. The instructions are easy to follow and the dynamic hands-on games address all learning styles and abilities. In addition to the basic fantasy games, there are reproducible worksheets representing over 40 math concepts, graphing activities, quizzes, lesson plans, and an answer key, all complementing the national math standards. The student workbooks include all the reproducibles from the Teacher and Parent Guides.

Dan Flockhart, MEd (Fortuna, CA) is a teacher at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, and was a middle school math teacher when he first incorporated fantasy sports into his math curriculum. He presents his innovative method of teaching math and fantasy sports conventions, and maintains a Web site that includes a support forum for teachers as well as contests for students at www.fantasysportsmath.com.

"Synopsis" by , Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics is an innovative program that uses real-world sports data to capitalize on the fun and dynamic phenomenon of fantasy sports to teach kids math. Fantasy sports are games played nationwide by millions of adolescents and adults. Participants select athletes from college or professional teams. Players earn points based on their performances in their games. Each week students use newspapers or online resources to locate their players' statistics in order to find the sum of the points earned by their team. The goal of the game is to accumulate the highest number of points.

There are four programs for grades five and up: football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Each program consists of a student workbook as well as a resource guide for teachers and parents. Each program includes lesson plans, student handouts, a pre- and post-test, 46 practice worksheets, 46 quizzes, examples of graphs and box scores, and over 100 scoring systems that give teachers and parents the flexibility to customize content according to the skill level of their students.

Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics is student-centered, collaborative, and motivating. Its hands-on features (newspapers, the Internet, and graphing activities) address all learning styles. In addition, students receive multiple exposures to concepts in order to gain mastery and facilitate their transition to algebra. Preparation time for teachers is minimal, once the game begins. Students can follow their players on television, online, or in newspapers, giving them a chance to make connections between math at school and in the real world. They can also play it at home with their parents.

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