March Madness – also known as a college basketball fan’s favorite time of the year! Personally, I’m not much into college sports, so March Madness doesn’t mean anything to me. However, I’m a big fan of working seasonal themes into my lessons, so of course I always add in some March Madness activities with my students!

If you’re looking to do the same, here are some ideas I’ve compiled for how you can work March Madness into your lesson plans this month.

March Madness is perhaps best known for its tournament bracket. Every year, people challenge themselves to choose the winning teams from each bracket. Why not challenge your students to do the same?

I’ve enjoyed using this free Math Madness game with my students where they must choose the winning equation (which yields the highest answer) from a series of other equations. My challenge to them is to NOT actually solve the problem, but instead use number sense and place value to estimate which answer would be higher and fill in their bracket accordingly. Of course, use this however you want – but either way, it’s a fun challenge!

### Graphing Data

If you have access to a basketball hoop, it might be fun to have a little hoops competition and track and graph the data! Each student could shoot 10 times and then graph the number they got versus missed. Or, divide into teams and graph by team. If you don’t have an actual basketball hoop to play with, you could play trashketball as an alternative.