Super Bowl 2020: Missouri teacher teaches Chiefs-inspired math lessons

A first-grade teacher in Missouri has incorporated the Kansas City Chiefs into her math lessons.

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A first-grade teacher in Missouri has incorporated the Kansas City Chiefs into her math lessons.

Do the math. A Missouri elementary school teacher is making learning fun for her first-grade class, using the Kansas City Chiefs as an example during arithmetic lessons.

Lauren Countryman, a first-grade teacher at William Southern Elementary in Independence, is using the fan frenzy for Super Bowl LIV to inspire her students.

"I keep telling my first-graders, 'You were not born when we went to the Super Bowl the last time. Mrs. Countryman's 43 years old, and I wasn't even born, so this is huge,'" Countryman told WDAF. "I just hope they can remember this. It's such a big memory."

Countryman has been integrating the Chiefs into her math lessons for the past two weeks, the television station reported. The class has been keeping track of the team’s record in its march to its first Super Bowl berth in 50 years.

"What's nice is we have been working on graphing lately, so it was an easy thing to just incorporate the Super Bowl and include football in our math lessons," Countryman told WDAF. "It's been really easy, but making it exciting and fun."

Students have been counting passes thrown by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and are being introduced to statistics. For Countryman, it’s the best of both worlds.

"When you make learning fun and connect it to them, it sticks so much better," Countryman told WDAF.

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