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I hope you enjoy using this March Madness math activity to engage students during the basketball tournament! Students predict the National Champion through the process of elimination when they predict the winning teams for each game in each round of the tournament.

The object of the game is simple: Correctly pick the winner of the most matches in the 63 games following the "First Four" round of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Students are challenged to track their own points per round by calculating the total number of wins and writing equations to express the total points as a sum of equal addends. This project also includes extensions such as creating and solving real world problems based on the data collected.

Students love solving addition and subtraction problems as well as creating their own equations and word problems based on the results and progress of the NCAA basketball tournament ! Use this product as a whole group, small group, independent practice, buddy class, parent volunteer, parent connection project, math center or challenge for students ages 7-13.

**Product has been upgraded and improved based on teacher feedback from the original project March Madness Math 2016** New version includes graphic organizers to make tracking progress easier and more efficient. Also included is a instructional schedule, calendar, and progress tracker with team badges to display and track in order to expand this to a grade, school and district wide challenge!

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS:

Working with equal groups of objects helps students to gain foundations for multiplication 2OA.C. This project also supports students conceptual understanding of multiplication as they interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 4 × 6 as the total number of objects in 4 groups of 20 points each 3OA.A.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.B.5
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.B.5
Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
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