March Madness! In April!

[Original Post by Kelsey Johnson]

March may have come to an end, but the madness of the NCAA basketball tournament (March Madness) is still going strong! If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the majority of the past two weekends glued to your couch watching countless hours of college basketball. If you have spent your weekends the same way, you’ve seen a combination of some unexpected upsets, nail biters, and blow outs.  How many of you created brackets that are completely ruined after narrowing it down to the final four this past weekend?

March Madness dates back to 1939, where it started as a small, 8-team tournament. Today, it draws attention from millions, including many of those with no interest in college basketball during the regular season. The thrill of the single elimination games catches the interest of most sports fans all across the country. Starting off with 64 teams, the tournament dwindles down over a three week period to the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and finally the National Championship game.

Have you taken the time to incorporate March Madness into any of your lesson plans? There’s endless ways you can bring the excitement of the tournament to your classroom! You can create a math game including the different scores of the games, a geography game with the locations of the different teams, or simply toss a little basketball around during some popcorn reading. Whatever you come up with, we would love for you to share!

 

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