Its the time of year, where sports are starting to kick in and rule some kids lives. Just think of the perfect opportunity math teachers have to utilize results and perform some mathematical analysis in class. At my school, it is time for crosscountry running.
It won't be long before wrestling and volleyball are in full swing. By January, it will be basketball season and kids will be fully involved in play.
I heard too often that math is boring, its irrelevant, or they can't do it. Obviously, it is important to integrate math that is relevant to their lives. Since many students are involved in sports, I needed to find some websites with sports math on them.
1. Sidwell has a nice sports math site with math problems on seven different types of sports from basketball and baseball to swimming and Olympics. Many of the problems are simple but if you have students who have difficulty doing word problems, they should be able to do these. This site is set up for students to submit their answers on line.
2. Freemathhelp has four mini lessons on finding batting average, earned run average, field goal percentage and on base percentage. These mini lessons provide a start with an explanation. it wouldn't take much to make a worksheet for students to look up their favorite players to dine their averages.
3. Mathgoodies has several math and sports webquests students can do themselves. The questions and instructions are there for students to follow. In addition, the websites used are listed at the bottom along with all other recources.
4. David Bernstein has a nice blog entry on sports math. The scenarios look at possibilities along with links to dailymathproblem which has the original problems.
5. The math warehouse folks have some great articles connecting sports with math.
6. Sports Math from the University of Cambridge has great math units complete with videos available to integrate into the classroom. It was designed to accompany the 2012 Olympics. It comes with a free magazine, lessons for everyone from kindergarten up to high school and the appropriate videos to help set up things.
These are just six of the many online resources for conducting a sports unit of math.