This activity can be used at grade 7 or beyond. It can be done with either a TI-83/84 or the TI-Nspire. There are two links below – one for doing the activity with a TI-83/84, and one for doing the activity with TI-Nspire.

Each link contains the student version, the teacher notes, the answer key and other files.

Link to my dropbox with all files to use with a TI-83/84.

Link to my dropbox with all files to use with TI-Nspire.

Link to a 3:30 video that explains the activity

Idea: the scores of the first 49 Super Bowl football games will be placed into lists on the calculator. On the TI-83/84, the data is easily placed into the proper lists with the ease of running a supplied program. On the TI-Nspire, the data is already in the tns file. The students are then asked questions about the data and will need to perform either 1 Variable Statistics to answer them, or to create a box plot to answer them. We encourage the use of groups of 4 to do the activity in class. See the Teacher Notes for either calculator.

The Teacher Notes also contains 10 fun trivia facts about the Super Bowl, including how it got its name. Enjoy…

Super Bowl Scores Activity 2016   Student Activity

TI-83/84: Have the program “SUPRBOWL” put onto your calculator.  This program will clear all your lists and place the following data into your lists:  L1  Game Number     L2 Winning Score    L3 Losing Score
TI-Nspire: The data is already in the activity.
Use the data to answer the following questions:
  1. a. What is the largest winning score?     b. What is the smallest losing score?     c. What is the winning score that occurred the most often?     d. What is the mean of the winning scores?     e. What is the median of the winning scores?
  2. a. What is the smallest losing score?     b. What is the largest losing score?     c. What is the losing score that occurred most often?     d. What is the mean of the losing scores?     e. What is the median of the losing scores?
  3. a. What is the largest number of total points scored by both teams?     b. What is the smallest number of total points scored by both teams?     c. What is the number of total points that occurred most often?     d. What is the mean of the total points scored?     e. What is the median of the total points scored?
  4. a. What is the largest point difference of the scores?     b. What is the smallest point difference of the scores?     c. What is the point difference that occurred most often?     d. What is the mean of the point differences?     e. What is the median of the point differences?
  5. Based on your analysis of the data, if you had to pick a final score to the Super Bowl, what score would you pick? And why? Explain.
All answers and step-by-step screen shots of the solutions are supplied in the files in my dropbox (see links above).
10 Questions to ask as class openers (answers supplied in the dropbox links above:
1. What is the average price of a Super Bowl 50 ticket? (compared to the most expensive ticket in 1967)
2. How much does a 30-second commercial cost for the Super Bowl? (compared to 1970)
3. How much money does each player of the winning team win? (losing team?)
4. How many pounds of guacamole will probably be consumed on Super Sunday?
5. How many chicken wings will be consumed on Super Sunday?
6. What Super Bowl had the most TV views?
7. Of the top ten individual television broadcasts ever, all but one are Super Bowls. What was that one TV event?
8. With what numbers have Super Bowls been referred to?
9. There are 4 NFL teams that have never played in a Super Bowl. Who are they?
10. How did the name Super Bowl come about?
See the dropbox links above for the answers. Enjoy…
tom@tomreardon.com
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