Students will examine US geography through the lens of the National Football League. After labeling all 50 states on the attached map, students are tasked with locating the cities in which the 32 NFL franchises are based. Students will then color-code their maps to represent how the NFL has organized these 32 teams into two conferences and eight divisions. A series of questions based upon the NFL's organization follows, including an opportunity to improve upon the geographic proximity of teams by suggesting a new alignment.
The sports culture hook of this lesson provides a fun and engaging way for students to learn about US geography.