If you are a football fan like me, you want to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, or the big game! If you aren’t much of a football fan, maybe you have a classroom of students who are… Either way, here are some great classroom football activities you can use to have a fun, yet educational day in the classroom!
Classroom Football Activities Updated January 2020
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Below you will find classroom football activities that you can do for each different subject area. I have held a football party each year, regarldess of what elementary grade I was teaching K-6. (And yes, I’ve taught them all! 😉 )
My students love football – boys and girl alike! These math puzzles have ALWAYS been a hit in my room. Click on the ones that make the most sense for your students, or keep reading to find the editable option.
Need an editable puzzle option to fit into what you are CURRENTLY teaching? Here you go!
- Want even more sports puzzles? I have whistles, shoes, football helmets, and more at this link.
- Show your students how to make paper footballs. Then “kick” the footballs. Have students measure them using inches, feet, yards, the metric system, or any way you want! Below is a picture of some of my former students throwing their “footballs”. (They are Hutterite students – in case you were wondering about how they are dressed…) Click on the picture to see a video on how to make a paper football!
- Teach your students about Roman Numerals. Have them convert this year’s Super Bowl or past years from regular numbers to Roman Numerals or vice versa!
- Take a classroom survey on which team will win the Super Bowl. You can do this in just your classroom, or even ask everyone in your grade level or school to participate. This is even more fun when you graph the results somewhere visible for all to see!
- Have your students learn about the history of football with this short reading comprehension passage. It also includes eight multiple choice questions. Check it out here!
- Check out this FREE Sight Word Freddie resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. Great for PreK, K, and 1! Students practice sight words with a football player!
- Check out this Read a book about football to your class!
Football Book Ideas
There are a LOT of great books out there about football, but we think your students will especially love these!
- My Football Book – Use the diagrams in this book to learn all about the sport!
- The Dog That Stole Football Plays – Combine a love of dogs with football using this early chapter book.
- Dino-Football – Great for rhyming and dinosaur lovers alike!
- 1st and Ten: Top Ten Lists of Everything Football – This list covers all the important aspects of football in a fun, list format.
- The End Zone – This graphic novel shows girls can play football too!
- Two-Minute Drill – My upper elementary boys love everything by Mike Lupica. This book is no exception!
- T is for Touchdown – Even my upper elementary students have always enjoyed these alphabet books!
- Kick, Pass, and Run! – This is great for early readers who could use some basic football terminology.
Social Studies Football Activities
- Learn more about Super Bowl history or make a webquest using this link.
- This is one of my favorites! Students will plot where each of the NFL teams is located on a US map. You will need a US map and a copy of each team’s helmet. From there, students will figure out each team is located. Click here to get your answer key!
- Have your students create a poster advertising the big game!
- Ask students to act out a 30 second commercial.
- Find more great classroom football activities for all subject areas HERE!
Of course you HAVE to let your students wear their football jerseys on the day you celebrate the Super Bowl! (I always told students to wear any team jerseys or t-shirts they had – not necessarily just football ones. That way more students could participate!) I’m the girl that put my Witten jersey on over my wedding dress for a photo. Why would I not let my students dress up in their jerseys?!
Making some Super Bowl treats is not a requirement, but it is definitely fun! There are a ton of different ways to make football-shaped or football-inspired foods! If nothing else, check out these football themed cookie cutters!
Some years I celebrate on a Friday, while others I celebrate on a Monday. It just depends on how it falls with all of the subjects.
This day is especially fun for me because I often see boys who are not normally outgoing at school showing their classmates a great deal – especially when naming the NFL teams and the cities they are located in! It’s just neat!!
Thanks for the ideas and tips:)
Mrs. Labus says
Great ideas! I'm so doing this!
I love using Super Bowl as a motivator for learning! The map is a great place for learning about football!
Sally from Elementary Matters
Great ideaS!!! Thanks!!! Love the witten jersey pic, go cowboys!!!!
Thanks! Yes, I’m a HUGE Witten fan! This year was a bit tough to swallow as a Cowboys fan… 🙁
Jackie Opp says
Heather – ran across your site and it brought back a lot of memories of teaching the music for 14 years in the 3 colony schools. i really enjoyed it and still stay in contact with everyone. even still attend a concert or 2 every so often. Hope everything is going well for you.
Hi Jackie! Yes, I still think about the colony students, their families, and all the teachers I worked with frequently. I actually went back to see Junia, Megan, Elizabeth, and Tara graduate in April 2017. It was so nice to see everyone again and have them all meet my husband and two kids. 🙂 I am doing great. I hope you are enjoying retirement! (Is that what you’re doing, or did you go teach somewhere else?) And I believe I heard someone say you’re a grandma now? Congrats!!