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Teacher: Nicole Fairman who teaches at Wethersfield Elementary School in Kewanee, IL. Nicole Fairman can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Super Bowl Blowout

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The purpose of this activity is to instruct students on a variety of football skills in addition to enhancing their knowledge of the Super Bowl.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

Materials Needed: Equipment will vary depending on stations. Footballs, nerf footballs, gripper footballs, bean bags, step donuts, tumbling mats, disc golf targets, kicking tee, cones, crash mat, high jump pit, standards, NFL rug, mini helmets balloons, flags on a rope, Music CD player, Jock Rock CD, etc.

Super Bowl Blowout

Every year two weeks prior to the Super Bowl we have students perform various stations and contests that relate to the basic skills of football and the Super Bowl. I set up a variety of stations around the gym that involve catching, passing, kicking, and agility skills. I also set up various contests and games that involve problem solving, creativity, language art skills, and math skills. I chart the NFL standings on a bulletin board at the beginning of the season so the students can track who they think might make it to the Super Bowl. Each students also gets a helmet picture to color of the team they want to win the Super Bowl. Students hang them in the hallways and on their lockers. The Friday before the Super Bowl is jersey day and all students and teachers wear a jersey of their favorite team. If they don't have a jersey they make a ribbon to wear. The whole school gets involved. I bring in a guest speaker that played in the NFL and a Super Bowl to talk to my older students. I do drawings for various prizes and I play sports music each day. All of my students, boys and girls, love this activity and look forward to it each year. I try to make it a real "NFL Experience"!

Examples of activity stations:
Field Goal Kicking
Dive & Catch
Pass to Targets
Obstacle Course
Bean Bag Toss (NFL Baggo game)

Examples of cognitive stations:
NFL Concentration
NFL Monopoly
Design a Helmet
Various puzzles and worksheets


Students who are unable to participate physically try and modify the activity and they can also can participate in the cognitive activities.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Students are free to move from station to station as long as they do not interfere with other students participating at a station. Students should also set up stations before they move to another station. Encourage sportsmanship, cooperation, and fair play. I have my oldest classes come in before school to help me set up the stations for the day. They take real ownership and pride in the set-up process.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

All stations are adaptable for students with disabilities.

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Posted on PEC: 11/12/2007 and has received 53 votes.

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