Each year millions of Americans participate in filling out a bracket for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, otherwise known as "March Madness." I have tried to do brackets with my 3rd and 4th grade students in the past, but it is very difficult to manage.
(Note: This product is a smaller version of my extended product called, "March MATHness: Utilizing March Madness to Engage Math Skills." In that product, there are one more mini-game, 10 different statistical categories, and two additional Read Around the Room activities the students can engage in:
However, I have developed these games, as well as two different reading and math resources, that allow students in grades 4-6 to engage and participate in March Madness, without filling out the entire 64-team bracket.
Here is a quick look at what is included in this resource.
"Pick Six Mini Game"--In this game, students choose six teams to represent them throughout the tournament. When one of their teams wins, they accumulate points based on seed value. It is a great alternative to filling out the entire 64-team bracket! Students also have to use their math skills to calculate their scores.
"Sweet 16 Trifecta Mini Game"--This game is similar to Pick Six. Students choose three teams once the field is reduced to 16 teams after the first weekend of the tournament. Very fun game to keep students (and adults) engaged in the tournament!
"March MATHness"--In this portion, students examine five different statistical categories from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to practice and reinforce a variety of math skills. Students answer five word problem questions for each category.
"Read Around the Room-March MATHness"--Finally, students use nine statistic clue cards to help them answer a variety of questions. This component ties reading, writing, and math skills together!
Each year I will update this product when the new March Madness bracket is released, meaning you get a brand new resource every year!
I am positive this resource will be a SLAM DUNK with your students!!!!