About This Daily Classroom Special
NFL Mystery City ties in
students' interest in the National Football League to geography and history. The weekly game is based on looking up clues about the cities. NFL Mystery City was written by Michael Cawthra, teacher at Kyffin Elementary School, Golden (CO) and
former Teachers Network web mentor.
This Daily Classroom Special will help students tie in their interest in the National Football League (NFL) and geography. The NFL Mystery City game begins with students looking up clues about cities with NFL teams. Clues are generally similar--American Football Conference or National Football Conference city, city founder, the city altitude, whether it is the capital or the relative size of the city, and who the city was named after.
We are not trying to make students favor one city or team but to improve their geography knowledge and have fun at the same time.
This game helps meet the following U.S. National Geography Standards:
If you have time, visit Altapedia's web site: http://atlapedia.com/, for a wonderful on-line atlas. It could help find some answers.
- World in Spatial Terms: #1, how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective;
- Places and Regions: #4, physical and human
characteristics of places; #6, how culture and experience influence people's perceptions;
- Human Systems: #9,
characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations; #11, patterns and networks of economic interdependence; #12, the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement;
- Environment and Society: #14, how human actions modify the physical environment; #15, how physical systems affect human systems.