Super Bowl Lesson Ideas



Below are ideas on how to make the Super Bowl relevant to your curriculum. Courtesy of the


History and Civics:

  • The First Super Bowl: Read the original Times article about the first Super Bowl in 1967. Compare it to an article reporting on a recent Super Bowl, then create an infographic — perhaps a Venn diagram or a timeline — showing how the event has changed over time.
  • Sports and Leadership: Use sports to help students think about leadership with our Super Bowl lesson from 2001, in which students answer questions like “Why do you think the success of a sports team has such an impact on the city it represents?” and “What is ‘morale’ and what do you think leaders can do to ‘boost’ it? (Our recent piece on Teaching the Penn State Scandal also poses questions about leadership.)
  • A Museum of Athletes: Have students reflect on the qualities that make an exceptional athlete, then design museum exhibits celebrating their achievements, using our lesson plan “The Sporting Life.”
  • New Orleans Super Bowl History: “Super Bowls in the Crescent City were often as spicy as the Cajun food,” reports Dave Anderson in a story about “unusual subplots” that have surfaced in New Orleans during past games. Students might use this piece as inspiration for delving into local history in their area through the lens of a sport or hobby that interests them.

Language Arts:

Media Studies:



  • Data and Statistics: In a recent lesson plan, Put Me In, Coach! Getting in the Quantitative Game with Fantasy Football, students use statistical analyses and quantitative evaluations to get the edge in fantasy football. By looking at data, measuring match-ups and making projections, students put their analytic skills to the test.
  • Determining “Greatness”: Use sports statistics to create graphs. In this lesson, students explore both the objective and subjective criteria used to determine the ‘greatness’ of a person or team. Students create graphs comparing sports statistics and argue the need for other criteria to adequately judge whether a person or team is ‘the best’ in their profession.


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