Math Madness is a classroom mathematics tournament (that can be run simultaneously with the NCAA Basketball Tournament) that involves problem solving and chance as students try to become the class champion.
Students are also assigned one or more teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament to root for. This part of Math Madness is purely for fun and to create a “buzz” of interest during the tournament.
Prizes can be awarded for the winners of both tournaments.
(View Actual Pages from the Math Madness Classroom Mathematics Tournament)
(Printable 2015 Bracket Available After Tournament Team Selections)
(42 Math Lessons, Projects, and Games – 438 pages)
(9 Number Sense Lessons and Projects)
Lesson Description: Math Madness is a classroom mathematics tournament (that can be run simultaneously with the NCAA Basketball Tournament) that involves problem solving and chance as students try to become the class champion.
Math Content: Suggested problem solving problems included in this activity cover a wide range of content topics. Teachers may also substitute their own problems as desired.
Time Required: Small parts of 5 class periods
Math Madness Classroom Mathematics Tournament includes:
- 1 Math Madness Classroom Tournament Guidelines
- 3 Math Madness Tournament Problem Sets
- 3 Math Madness Tournament Problem Set Answer Keys
- 1 Math Madness Classroom Tournament Bracket
- 2 Math Madness Teacher Tips pages
- 1 Math Madness Cover Sheet 11 pages in all!
Materials Needed: NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket (optional) (available online each year)
Suggested Grade Level: 5th-8th
Teacher Testimonial: Math Madness combines the fun and excitement of a single-elimination tournament with the challenge of mathematical problem solving. If presented in an engaging manner, the tournament can be a two-week highlight to your mathematics program.
Teachers Are Talking About the Math Madness Classroom Mathematics Tournament
Here’s what teachers have to say about the Math Madness Classroom Mathematics Tournament:
“How AWESOME for march madness! My 6th grade math students will go bonkers and I won’t! This is so, so great! THANK YOU!”
– Kelly K., math teacher
“Very thorough and well planned. Can not wait to begin this activity with my students.”
– TpT buyer, math teacher
“This will be good to use with my high achieving kids this year!”
– Katie R., math teacher
Enjoy your lesson!!
Mark P. Tully