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					PIGSKIN, JR.®
      A Special Enrichment
Geography, Language Arts and Math
            Program
               for
             Grades
              2-4
             presented by


   YOUR NEWSPAPER




 Based on the 2009 NFL Schedule
 and Following the Teams’ Travels

September 13, 2009 – January 3, 2010
                                           September 1, 2009




Dear NIE Teacher:

W elcome to PIGSKIN, Jr., a special geography program specially developed f or younger
children and slower readers. W e think you and your students will enjoy learning geography,
math, and language arts using this program — and have f un, too. W e also hope this
program will inspire you to utilize the newspaper in other areas of your curriculum this
school year.

Please read through this introduction letter carefully. It contains impo rtant
information w hich w ill be helpful as your class embarks upon the “PIGSKIN, Jr.”
experience.

Also, please take a f ew moments to glance through this entire packet bef ore getting started.
It provides many dif f erent activities which you may or may n ot consider to be suitable f or
your own students. It is up to you to judge how to use this program to best match the skill
level and needs of your class. Feel f ree to take the materials which we are providing and
adapt up or down as necessary. Use what wor ks best f or you; nobody will do all the
activities!

In addition to some of the resource sheets in Section (1), we recommend that you also
provide your students with atlases, globes, wall maps, etc. which they can use with
PIGSKIN, Jr. It’s important to k now that you do not need to have any knowledge of f ootball
to have f un and learn f rom this program.

Inside, you’ll find 5 sections:
      (1) Introduction and Resource Materials
      (2) Weekly Worksheets
      (3) Answ er Keys to Weekly Worksheets
      (4) Supplemental Activities in Geography,
                   Language Arts, & Math
      (5) Addition PIGSKIN, Jr. activities Just for Fun!

In addition to this resource guide, you’ll recei ve your specif ied number of the newspaper
each Monday morning during the f ootball season. The NFL season begins September 13 th.
Your last delivery day is to be determined.

IMPORTANT: In the event of a missed or incomplete delivery, please notify the N.I.E.
office as early as possible on the morning of the delivery. We can ONLY replace the
new spaper if missed deliveries are reported immediately!

Please keep in mind that PIGSKIN, Jr. is a program which your class can do any day of the
week, using Monday’s newspaper .


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Several of the PIGSKI N, Jr. worksheets are best suited f or teacher -directed activity. Others
lend themselves to individual, small group, or even f amily involvement, depending upon the
ability levels of your students. Again, it’s up to you to decide how you want to utilize th e
materials provided.

W hen beginning a PIGSKIN, Jr. activity, it’s best to review the worksheets in advance so
that you can be sure your students have access to the classroom resources they will need to
be able to complete the activities.

Experienced PIG SKIN GEOGRAPHY teachers f ind that students enjoy each having their own
geography f olders. This is a good idea so that maps, resources, worksheets, puzzles, etc.
will always have a place to be f ound!

It is suggested a large (38" X 50") U.S. map be taped t o a wall in the classroom. Print the
names of the NFL cities in 3/4" letters and apply to the wall around the edges of the map.
Yarn should be used to connect the name of the city with its location.

Here is a suggestion f or a writing, math and geography location exercise f rom the weather
page of the newspaper that the students will like, and it will be a wonderf ul public relations
activity f or you. Do this activity two or three times a week, or perhaps daily. Have this
statement permanently written on a chalkboard in your classroom. Find the difference
betw een the high and low temperatures in the follow ing cities: Then list eight(8) cities
f or the students to do the subtraction lesson. First, the students write the statement and
the cities in their best manuscript or cursive penmanship. Second, the math is done f or the
eight cities. (Note: You can select cities where no borrowing is necessary to subtract, or all
borrowing is necessary or mix up the problems.) Third, with a colorf ul stick pin, let the
students attempt to locate the cities in the U.S. that you have selected and they have
worked with. The geography location part of this will be dif f icult at f irst, but as time
progresses the students will get better and will be taking pride in their k nowledge of this
United States. Parents will love hearing about this activity. ENJOY!

W ith that, we wish you and your class a f un and educational NFL season! W e welcome your
f eedback, suggestions, and a ny ef f ective teaching ideas you woul d like to share with other
PIGSKIN, Jr. , teachers. W e are available at the newspaper to help you successf ully
implement your PIGSKIN, Jr. program. This will be a wonderf ul educational supplement f or
your classroom.

Please do not hesitate to call if we can be of ass istance. Good luck, and have f un!


Sincerely,
        PIGSKIN , JR. ®
                 Section
                   (1)


              Introduction

                     

         Resource Materials


A.   Five Themes in Geography
B.   Students’ Study Hint Sheet
C.   State Abbreviations
D.   Seating Capacity of NFL Stadiums
E.   Population Information for NFL Cities
F.   2009 NFL Schedule (5 pages)
G.   Blank U.S. Map
H.   U.S. Map with State Abbreviations




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                  FIVE THEMES IN GEOGRAPHY
                       Source: National Geographic Society


LOCATION: (Absolute and Relative): Location answers the basic question: Where? Absolute
and relative locations are two ways of describing the positions of the Earth's physical and cultural
features. For example, knowing the absolute, or exact, location of Mt. St. Helens tells us where
the volcanic eruption occurred. A grid system representing latitude and longitude is one way of
showing absolute locations. Another way of looking at location has to do with the interaction of
places. This is relative location-the way a city is connected to other places. A map can provide a
starting point for gathering information. IN WHAT MOUNTAIN RANGE IS MT. ST. HELENS
LOCATED? EXACTLY WHERE DID HURRICANE BILL HIT THE EAST COAST?

PLACE: (Physical and Human Characteristics): All places on Earth have special features that
distinguish them from other places. Geographers usually describe places by their physical and
human characteristics. Los Angeles, CA, and its neighboring communities, for example, are
known for such physical characteristics as sandy beaches, abundant sunshine, and a mild
climate. Human characteristics such as the density of population and its ethnic makeup also
play an important role in shaping the image of Los Angeles. WHAT PHYSICAL AND HUMAN
CHARACTERISTICS MAKE GRAND FORKS DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER? HOW DO
THESE CHARACTERISTICS AFFECT YOUR LIFE?

HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS: (Relationships Within Places): People interact with
their environments and change them in different ways. Large-scale agricultural development of
the dry Texas Panhandle, for instance, did not occur until the invention of circular irrigation
systems that distribute water from underground wells. But such change has a price: The
region's water supply is rapidly diminishing. Geographers examine how human-environment
interactions develop and what their consequences are for people and the landscape. LOOK
AROUND YOU: HOW HAVE PEOPLE CHANGED YOUR ENVIRONMENT? WHY HAVE THEY
MADE SUCH CHANGES? WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE CHANGES?

MOVEMENT: (Mobility of People, Goods, and Ideas): People everywhere interact. They travel
from place to place, they communicate, and they depend upon other people in distant places for
products, ideas, and information. A good example of movement exists in the highly urbanized
northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. Here, people can quickly fly from one
city to another. Farmers efficiently send products to restaurants and supermarkets by truck and
trains. Geography helps us understand the nature and effects of such movement. HOW DO
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DEPEND UPON PEOPLE IN OTHER PLACES? HOW DOES
MOVEMENT AFFECT WHAT YOU CAN BUY IN STORES IN YOUR CITY OR TOWN?

REGIONS: (How They Form and Change): Regions are areas on the surface of the Earth that
are defined by certain unifying characteristics. These characteristics may be physical, or they
may be human. The peaks and valleys of the Rocky Mountains, for example, form a physical
region. The Corn Belt, on the other hand, forms a human region. Large farms and similar crops
unite several mid-western states into this region, where corn has been the mainstay. Regions
provide an organized way to study Earth's landscapes and peoples. CAN YOU IDENTIFY SOME
PHYSICAL AND HUMAN REGIONS IN THE UNITED STATES? DRAW A MAP OF THESE
REGIONS. DO ANY OF THEM OVERLAP?




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                         Student’s Study Hint Sheet
CAPITALS- DENVER           ATLANTA            INDIANAPOLIS         NASHVILLE(TN)
          PHOENIX (AZ) --Stadium is in Glendale, but we use the capital.
          BOSTON (N.E.) --Stadium is in Foxboro ugh, but we use the capital.
          W ashington, D.C. is the nation's capital.

RIVERS--   Mississippi River cities: Minneapolis(MN), St. Louis,     New Orleans
           Ohio River cities:         Pittsburgh,   Cincinnati
           Missouri River city:       Kansas City
           Detroit River city:        Detroit
           Delaware River city:       Philadelphia
           Cumberland River city: Nashville(TN)
           Pittsburgh is at the conf luence of the Allegheny and Monongahela
                 rivers, f orming the Ohio River .
           Philadelphia is at the conf luence of the Delaware and Schuylkill.
           St. Louis is near the conf luence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
           Houston connects to the Gulf of Mexico via the 57. 3 mile Houston Ship Channel.

ATLANTIC OCEAN CITIES:                           LANDLOCKED CITIES:
         MIAMI                                       DALLAS
         BOSTON (N.E.)                               DENVER
         JACKSONVILLE                                ATLANTA
         NEW YORK JETS                               PHOENIX
         NEW YORK GIANTS                             CHARLOTTE
                                                     INDIANAPOLIS
PACIFIC OCEAN CITIES:                           STATES WITH MORE THAN ONE TEAM:
         SAN DIEGO                                   CALIFORNIA        (3)
         SAN FRANCISCO                               NEW YORK          (3)
                                                     FLORIDA           (3)
                                                     OHIO              (2)
                                                     TEXAS             (2)
                                                     MISSOURI          (2)
                                                     PENNSYLVANIA      (2)

BAY CITIES:                           PENINSULA STATES
         TAMPA ON TAMPA BAY                FLORIDA
         MIAMI ON BISCAYNE BAY             MICHIGAN
         SEATTLE ON ELLIOTT BAY            W ASHINGTON
         GREEN BAY ON GREEN BAY            DELMARVA PENINSULA f ormed by
         SAN DIEGO ON SAN DIEGO BAY        Delaware, Maryland and Virginia
         BALTIMORE ON CHESAPEAKE BAY
         OAKLAND ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY
         SAN FRANCISCO ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY

GREAT LAKES CITIES:                             PANHANDLE STATES
        BUFFALO ON LAKE ERIE                        IDAHO
        CLEVELAND ON LAKE ERIE                      TEXAS
        CHICAGO ON LAKE MICHIGAN                    FLORIDA
                                                    OKLAHOMA
                                                    W EST VIRGINIA

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                      Two-letter state abbreviations wit h nicknames


Alabama         AL "Heart of Dixie"             Montana           MT "Treasure State"

Alaska          AK "Last Frontier"              Nebraska          NE "Cornhusker State"

Arizona         AZ "Grand Canyon State"         Nevada            NV "Silver State"

Arkansas        AR "Land of Opportunity"        New Hampshire     NH "Granite State"

California      CA "Golden State"               New Jersey        NJ "Garden State"

Colorado        CO "Centennial State"           New Mexico        NM "Land of Enchantment"

Connecticut     CT "Constitution State"         New York          NY "Empire State"

Delaware        DE "First State"                North Carolina    NC "Tar Heel State"

Florida         FL "Sunshine State"             North Dakota      ND "Flickertail State"

Georgia         GA "Peach State"                Ohio              OH "Buckeye State"

Hawaii          HI "Aloha State"                Oklahoma          OK "Sooner State"

Idaho           ID "Gem State"                  Oregon            OR "Beaver State"

Illinois        IL "Prairie State"              Pennsylvania      PA "Keystone State"

Indiana         IN "Hoosier State"              Rhode Island      RI "Little Rhody"

Iowa            IA "Hawkeye State"              South Carolina    SC "Palmetto State"

Kansas          KS "Sunflower State"            South Dakota      SD "Rushmore State"

Kentucky        KY "Bluegrass State"            Tennessee         TN "Volunteer State"

Louisiana       LA "Pelican State"              Texas             TX "Lone Star State"

Maine           ME "Pine Tree State"            Utah              UT "Beehive State"

Maryland        MD "Old Line State"             Vermont           VT ―Green Mountain State‖

Massachusetts   MA "Bay State"                  Virginia          VA "Old Dominion State"

Michigan        MI "Wolverine State"            Washington        WA "Evergreen State"

Minnesota       MN "Gopher State"               West Virginia     WV "Mountain State"

Mississippi     MS "Magnolia State"             Wisconsin         WI "Badger State"

Missouri        MO "Show Me State"              Wyoming           WY "Equality State"

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              Seating Capacity of Stadiums in the National Football League -2009




University of Phoenix Stadium        Glendale, AZ            Cardinals             65,000
Georgia Dome                         Atlanta, GA             Falcons               71,228
M & T Bank Stadium                   Baltimore, MD           Ravens                71,008
Ralph W ilson Stadium                Orchard Park, NY        Bills                 73,967
Bank of America Stadium              Charlotte, NC           Panthers              73,504
Soldier Field                        Chicago, IL             Bears                 61,500
Paul Brown Stadium                   Cincinnati, OH          Bengals               65,515
Cleveland Browns Sta dium            Cleveland, OH           Browns                73,300
Cowboys Stadium                      Arlington, TX           Cowboys               80,000
Invesco at Mile High Stadium         Denver, CO              Broncos               76,125
Ford Field                           Detroit, MI             Lions                 64,500
Lambeau Field                        Green Bay, W I          Packers               72,928
Reliant Stadium                      Houston, TX             Texans                71,054
Lucas Oil Stadium                    Indianapolis, IN        Colts                 63,000
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium       Jacksonville, FL        Jaguars               67,164
Arrowhead Stadium                    Kansas City, MO         Chief s               79,451
Landshark Stadium                    Miami, FL               Dolphins              75,192
Metrodome                            Minneapolis, MN         Vikings               64,121
Gillette Field                       Foxborough, MA          Patriots              68,756
Louisiana Superdome                  New Orleans, LA         Saints                68,000
Giants Stadium                       E. Rutherf ord, NJ      N.Y. Giants           80,242
Giants Stadium                       E. Rutherf ord, NJ      N.Y. Jets             80,242
Oakland McAf ee Coliseum             Oakland, CA             Raiders               63,132
Lincoln Financial Field              Philadelphia, PA        Eagles                69,144
Heinz Field                          Pittsburgh, PA          Steelers              65,000
Edward Jones Dome                    St. Louis, MO           Rams                  66,000
Qualcomm Stadium                     San Diego, CA           Chargers              70,000
Candlestick Park                     San Francisco, CA       49ers                 69,732
Qwest Field                          Seattle, W A            Seahawks              67,000
Raymond James Stadium                Tampa, FL               Buccaneers            65,908
LP Field                             Nashville, TN           Titans                69,143
FedEx Field                          W ashington, DC         Redskins              91,704




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                               Population Table
                          THE WORLD ALMANAC 2009 - Page 594 - 595



               CITIES                                    METROPOLITAN AREAS

 1. New York            8,274,527                     1. New York       18,815,988
 2. Los Angeles         3,834,340                     2. Los Angeles    12,875,587
 3. Chicago             2,836,658                     3. Chicago          9,524,623
 4. Houston             2,208,180                     4. Dallas           6,145,035
 5. Phoenix             1,552,259                     5. Philadelphia     5,827,962
 6. Philadelphia        1,449,634                     6. Houston          5,623,101
 7. San Antonio         1,328,984                     7. Miami            5,413,212
 8. San Diego           1,266,731                     8. Washington, D.C. 5,306,565
 9. Dallas              1,240,499                     9. Atlanta          5,278,904
10. San Jose              939,899                    10. Detroit          4,467,592
11. Detroit               916,952                    11. Boston           4,482,857
12. Jacksonville          805,605                    12. San Francisco    4,203,898
13. Indianapolis          795,458                    13. Phoenix          4,179,427
14. San Francisco         764,976                    14. Riverside, CA    4,081-371
15. Columbus, OH          747,755                    15. Seattle          3,309,347
19. Charlotte             671,588                    16. Minneapolis      3,208,212
20. Baltimore             637,455                    17. San Diego        2,974,859
23. Boston                599,351                    18. St. Louis        2,803,707
24. Seattle               594,210                    19. Tampa            2,723,949
25. Nashville             590,807                    20. Baltimore        2,668,056
26. Denver                588,349                    21 Denver            2,464,866
27. Washington, D.C.      588,292                    22. Pittsburgh       2,355,712
33. Atlanta               519,145                    23. Portland, OR     2,175,113
39. Kansas City           450,375                    24. Cincinnati       2,133,678
40. Cleveland             438,042                    25. Cleveland        2,096,471
43. Miami                 409,719                    26. Sacramento       2,091,120
44. Oakland               401,489                    27. Orlando          2,032,496
46. Minneapolis           377,392                    28. San Antonio      1,990,675
52. St. Louis             350,759                    29. Kansas City      1,985,429
54. Tampa                 336,328                    30. Las Vegas        1,836,333
56. Cincinnati            332,458                    31. San Jose         1,803,643
59. Pittsburgh            311,218                    32. Columbus, OH     1,754,337
68. Buffalo               272,632                    33. Indianapolis     1,695,037
78. New Orleans           239,124                    34. Virginia Beach   1,658,754
??. Green Bay             100,781                    35. Providence       1,600,856


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                     2009 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHEDULE

            W eek #1 quiz, f or ga mes played on September 13th,
            is assigned during school week of September 7th.


Nashville(TN) at Pittsburgh *                    Detroit at New Orleans
Miami at Atlanta                                 Dallas at Tampa Bay
Kansas City at Baltimore                         San Francisco at Phoenix(AZ)
Philadelphia at Charlotte(CAR)                   W ashington at NY Giants
Denver at Cincinnati                             St. Louis at Seattle
Minneapolis(MN) at Cleveland                     Chicago at Green Bay
NY Jets at Houston                               Buf f alo at Boston(N.E.)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis                     San Diego at Oakland

            W eek #2 quiz, f or games played on September 20th,
            is assigned during school week of September 14th.

Charlotte(CAR) at Atlanta                        St. Louis at W ashington
Minneapolis(MN) at Detroit                       Tampa Bay at Buf f alo
Cincinnati at Green Bay                          Seattle at San Francis co
Phoenix(AZ) at Jacksonville                      Pittsburgh at Chicago
Oakland at Kansas City                           Cleveland at Denver
Boston(N.E.) at NY Jets                          Baltimore at San Diego
New Orleans at Philadelphia                      NY Giants at Dallas
Houston at Nashville(TN)                         Indianapolis at Miami

            W eek #3 quiz, f or games played on September 27th,
            is assigned during school week of September 21st.

Cleveland at Baltimore                           W ashington at Detroit
Nashville(TN) at NY Jets                         New Orleans at Buf f alo
NY Giants at Tampa Bay                           Chicago at Seattle
Green Bay at St. Louis                           Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Kansas City at Philadelphia                      Denver at Oakland
Atlanta at Boston(N.E.)                          Miami at San Diego
San Francisco at Minneapolis(MN)                 Indianapolis at Phoenix(AZ)
Jacksonville at Houston                          Charlotte(CAR) at Da llas

            W eek #4 quiz, f or games played on October 4th,
            is assigned during school week of September 28th.

Detroit at Chicago                               Tampa Bay at W ashington
Cincinnati at Cleveland                          Buf f alo at Miami
Oakland at Houston                               NY Jets at New Orleans
Seattle at Indianapolis                          Dallas at Denver
Nashville(TN) at Jacksonville                    St. Louis at San Francisco
NY Giants at Kansas City                         San Diego at Pittsburgh
Baltimore at Boston(N.E.)                        Green Bay at Minneapolis(MN)

      (OPEN DATES: Phoenix(AZ), Atlanta, Charlotte(CAR) , Philadelphia)
      *Underlined game denotes game played on a day other than Sunday.

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                    2009 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHEDULE

            W eek #5 quiz, f or games played on October 11th,
            is assigned during school week of October 5th.

Cincinnati at Baltimore                           Minneapolis(MN) at St. Louis
Cleveland at Buf f alo                            Atlanta at San Francisco
W ashington at Charlotte(CAR)                     Houston at Phoenix(AZ)
Pittsburgh at Detroit                             Jacksonville at Seattle
Dallas at Kansas City                             Boston(N.E.) at Denver
Oakland at NY Giants                              Indianapolis at Nashville(TN)
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia                         NY Jets at Miami

(OPEN DATES: Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, San Diego)

            W eek #6 quiz, f or games played on October 18th,
            is assigned during school week of October 12th.

Houston at Cincinnati                             Kansas City at W ashington
Detroit at Green Bay                              Philadelphia at Oakland
St. Louis at Jacksonville                         Phoenix(AZ) at Seattle
Baltimore at Minneapolis(MN)                      Nashville(TN) at Bos ton(N.E.)
NY Giants at New Orleans                          Buf f alo at NY Jets
Cleveland at Pittsburgh                           Chicago at Atlanta
Charlotte(CAR) at Tampa Bay                       Denver at San Diego

(OPEN DATES: Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, San Francisco)

            W eek #7 quiz, f or games played on Oc tober 25th,
            is assigned during school week of October 19th.

Chicago at Cincinnati                             Boston(N.E.) vs. Tampa Bay in London
Green Bay at Cleveland                            Buf f alo at Charlotte(CAR)
San Francisco at Houston                          NY Jets at Oakland
San Diego at Kansas City                          Atlanta at Dallas
Minneapolis(MN) at Pittsburgh                     New Orleans at Miami
Indianapolis at St. Louis                         Phoenix(AZ) at NY Giants
                                                  Philadelphia at W ashington

(OPEN DATES: Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Seattle, Nashville(TN)

            W eek #8 quiz, f or games played on November 1st,
                                                        th
            is assigned during school week of October 26 .

Denver at Baltimore                           San Francisco at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Chicago                          Miami at NY Jets
Seattle at Dallas                             Oakland at San Diego
St. Louis at Detroit                          Jacksonville at Nashville(TN)
Minneapolis(MN) at Green Bay                  Charlotte(CAR) at Phoenix(AZ)
Houston at Buf f alo                          NY Giants at Philadelphia
                                              Atlanta at New Orleans
(OPEN DATES: Cincinnati, Kansas City, Boston(N.E.), Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, W ashington)

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                     2009 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHEDULE

            W eek #9 quiz, f or games played on November 8th,
            is assigned during school week of November 2nd.

W ashington at Atlanta                          Green Bay at Tampa Bay
Phoenix(AZ) at Chicago                          Charlotte(CAR) at New Orleans
Baltimore at Cincinnati                         Detroit at Seattle
Houston at Indianapolis                         San Diego at NY Giants
Kansas City at Jacksonville                     Nashville(TN) at San Francisco
Miami at Boston(N.E.)                           Dallas at Philadelphia
                                                Pittsburgh at Denver

(OPEN DATES: Buf f alo, Cleveland, Minneapolis(MN), NY Jets, Oakland, St. Louis)

            W eek #10 quiz, f or games played on November 15th,
            is assigned during school week of November 9th.

Chicago at San Francisco                        Buf f alo at Nashville(TN)
Atlanta at Charlotte(CAR)                       Denver at W ashington
Tampa Bay at Miami                              Kansas City at Oakland
Detroit at Minneapolis(MN)                      Seattle at Phoenix(AZ)
Jacksonville at NY Jets                         Dallas at Green Bay
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh                        Philadelphia at San Diego
New Orleans at St. Louis                        Boston(N.E.) at Indianapolis
                                                Baltimore at Cleveland
(OPEN DATES: Houston, NY Giants)

            W eek #11 quiz, f or games played on November 22nd,
            is assigned during school week of November 16 t h .

Miami at Charlotte(CAR)                         Atlanta at NY Giants
Indianapolis at Baltimore                       New Orleans at Tampa Bay
W ashington at Dallas                           Phoenix(AZ) at St. Louis
Cleveland at Detroit                            San Diego at Denver
San Francisco at Green Bay                      NY Jets at Boston(N.E.)
Buf f alo at Jacks onville                      Cincinnati at Oakland
Pittsburgh at Kansas City                       Philadelphia at Chicago
Seattle at Minneapolis(MN)                      Nashville(TN) at Houston

            W eek #12 quiz, f or games played on November 29th,
            is assigned during school week of November 23rd.

Green Bay at Detroit                            Charlotte(CAR) at NY Jets
Oakland at Dallas                               Cleveland at Cincinnati
NY Giants at Denver                             Indianapolis at Houston
Tampa Bay at Atlanta                            Chicago at Minneapolis(MN)
Miami at Buf f alo                              Kansas City at San Diego
Phoenix(AZ) at Nas hville(TN)                   Jacksonville at San Francisco
Seattle at St. Louis                            Pittsburgh at Baltimore
W ashington at Philadelphia                     Boston(N.E.) at New Orleans


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                     2009 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHE DULE

            W eek #13 quiz, f or games played on December 6th,
            is assigned during school week of November 30th.



NY Jets at Buf f alo                             Tampa Bay at Charlotte(CAR)
Nashville(TN) at Indianapolis                    Philadelphia at Atlanta
Houston at Jacksonville                          San Diego at Cleveland
Denver at Kansas City                            Minneapolis(MN) at Phoenix(AZ)
Oakland at Pittsburgh                            Dallas at NY Giants
New Orleans at W ashington                       San Francisco at Seattle
Detroit at Cincinnati                            Boston(N.E.) at Miami
St. Louis at Chicago                             Baltimore at Green Bay

            W eek #14 quiz, f or games played on December 13th,
            is assigned during school week of December 7th.

Pittsburgh at Cleveland                          Green Bay at Chicago
New Orleans at Atlanta                           Seattle at Houston
St. Louis at Nashville(TN)                       Denver at Indianapolis
NY Jets at Tampa Bay                             Miami at Jacksonville
Charlotte(CAR) at Boston(N.E.)                   W ashington at Oakland
Cincinnati at Minneapolis(MN)                    San Diego at Dallas
Buf f alo at Kansas City                         Philadelphia at NY Giants
Detroit at Baltimore                             Phoenix(AZ) at San Francisco

            W eek #15 quiz, f or games played on December 20th,
            is assigned during school week of December 14th.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville                     Green Bay at Pittsburgh
Dallas at New Orleans                            Houston at St. Louis
Chicago at Baltimore                             Miami at Nashville(TN)
Boston(N.E.) at Buf f alo                        Oakland at Denver
Phoenix(AZ) at Detroit                           Cincinnati at San Diego
Cleveland at Kansas City                         Tampa Bay at Seattle
Atlanta at NY Jets                               Minneapolis(MN) at Charlotte(CAR)
San Francisco at Philadelphia                    NY Giants at W ashington

            W eek #16 quiz, f or games played on December 27th,
            is assigned during school week of December 21st.

San Diego at Nashville(TN)                       Tampa Bay at New Orleans
Buf f alo at Atlanta                             Denver at Philadelphia
Kansas City at Cincinna ti                       Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Oakland at Cleveland                             St. Louis at Phoenix(AZ)
Seattle at Green Bay                             Detroit at San Francisco
Houston at Miami                                 NY Jets at Indianapolis
Charlotte(CAR) at NY Giants                      Dallas at W ashington
Jacksonville at Boston(N.E.)                     Minneapolis(MN) at Chicago


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                   2009 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SCHEDULE

                       W eek #17 quiz, f or games played January 3rd,
                       is assigned at the teacher’s discretion.



Indianapolis at Buf f alo                          Cincinnati at NY Jets
New Orleans at Charlotte(CAR)                      San Francisco at St. Louis
Jacksonville at Cleveland                          Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia at Dallas                             Green Bay at Phoenix(AZ)
Chicago at Detroit                                 Kansas City at Denver
Boston(N.E.) at Houston                            Baltimore at Oakland
Pittsburgh at Miami                                W ashington at San Diego
NY Giants at Minneapolis(MN)                       Nashville(TN) at Seattle



                                  POST SEASON


Saturday,   January          9   AFC and NFC W ild Card Playof f s
Sunday,     January         10   AFC and NFC W ild Card Playof f s
Saturday,   January         16   AFC and NFC Divisional Playof f s
Sunday,     January         17   AFC and NFC Divisional Playof f s
Sunday,     January         24   AFC and NFC Championship Games
Sunday,     February         7   Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, FL
Sunday,     February        15   AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii




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                              Section
                                 (2)


                       Weekly Worksheets


Activity Sheet # 1       Understanding Your Newspaper

Activity Sheet # 2       Getting to Know the Sports Section

Activity Sheet # 3       Learning the NFL Team Names

Activity Sheet # 4       Learning States and Cities

Activity Sheet # 5       Finding Inf ormation

Activity Sheet # 6       Maps are Marvelous!

Activity Sheet # 7       North, South, East, & W est

Activity Sheet # 8       Stadium Capacities

Activity Sheet # 9       Learning the Time Zones

Activity Sheet # 10      W eather and the NFL

Activity Sheet # 1 1     Actions W ords in Sports

Activity Sheet # 12      Cities in the News

Activity Sheet # 13      Great Lakes

Activity Sheet # 14      Mountains of the United States

Activity Sheet # 15      Major Rivers of the United States

Activity Sheet # 16      Peninsulas in the Unite d States

Activity Sheet # 17      Potpourri



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Week of September 7, for games played on September 13, 2009

     Activity Sheet #1                 Understanding Your Newspaper

(1) Cut out the name of your newspaper and paste it here.




(2) How many sections are in your newspaper today? ________

(3) Find the index at the bottom of the first page. Write down
          the pages where you will find the following information:

      weather       _______            local news        _______
      television    _______            entertainment     _______
      classified    _______            business          _______

(4) Write the correct letters to match the following words and
     meanings:

a.    headline           ____   the name of a person writing a story
b.    national news      ____   the title of a news story
c.    jumpline           ____   the city where the story happened
d.    local news         ____   the page where a story will continue
e.    editorial page     ____   ads where you can find a job or car
f.    byline             ____   news about our own city or town
g.    classified         ____   where readers write their own opinions
h.    dateline           ____   news that is happening in the U. S.

(5) Can you find a headline that is good news? Cut it out and
     paste it here:


(6) Can you find a headline that is bad news? Cut it out and
     paste it here:
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1. Which team has a team name that makes you think of an
    airplane?
                 __ __ __ __

2. Which home team has a team name that make you think of a
    young horse?

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

3. Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.

    ________________________, ________________________,

    ________________________, ________________________

4. Which team will be visited by the team from the nation’s capital?

    ________________________

5. Name the city on Lake Erie in which a game will be played.

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

6. In which cities on the Ohio River will a game be played?

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __


7. In which state will two games be played?

    __________________

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 Week of September 14, for games played on September 20, 2009

  Activity Sheet #2              Getting to Know the Sports Section

(1) What sport is shown in the largest picture on page one?



    Is there an article about the following sports in the sports
    section? Y/N

    NHL (Hockey)   _____        Soccer           _____
    NASCAR Racing _____         Tennis           _____
    NFL (Football) _____        NBA (Basketball) _____

(2) What does NFL stand for? ______________________________

(3) Pick two NFL games that are listed in the box scores. In the
     spaces below, write the names of the teams and their scores
     in each of the games.

        team:              score:         team:                score:
    ______________        ______ vs. _______________          ______
    ______________        ______ vs. _______________          ______

    Now, circle the names of the winning teams in each game.


(4) Will the Houston Texans play this Sunday? ________________

    Which team will they play against? ______________________


(5) Name one division leading National League team. __________

    Name one division leading American League team. _________

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1. Name the states in which two games will be played.

    ________________, ________________, ________________

2. Name the Missouri River city in which a game will be played.

    ____________________

3. Determine the Great Lake cities in which a game will be played.

    ________________, ________________

4. Name the two teams named for members of the cat family that
    will play at home this week.

    ________________________, ________________________

5. Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.

     ________________, ________________, ________________

6. Name the Pacific Ocean cities in which a game will be played.
    ________________, ________________
7. Identify the Atlantic Ocean cities in which a game will be played.

    ________________, ________________, ________________

8. September 14, 1814, is the day Francis Scott __ __ __ wrote
    THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.

9. Which team will visit the nation’s capital for a game?

    ________________________
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 Week of September 21, for games played on September 27, 2009

 Activity Sheet #3              ___ Learning the NFL Team Names

(1) Look at the schedule in your newspaper. Wri te the name of the

    team the Dolphins will play this week. ____________________

    What state are the Dolphins from? ______________________

    What state is the other/opposing team from? ______________

    Look at a map. Find the hometown of the Dolphins. Find San
    Diego. Which of the hometowns is closest to the city where
    you live?   _________________________________

(2) What is in the hometown of the Titans that you would like to
    see if you visited there?
    ___________________________________________________

(3) Name the city located on a river that will be visited by a

    team from a city located on the same river. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

(4) Look at the game scores/results from Sunday(September 20th)
     and circle the team that won each game.

    Panthers vs. Falcons               Giants vs. Cowboys

    Vikings vs. Lions                  Bengals vs. Packers

    Texans vs. Titans                  Browns vs. Broncos

    Raiders vs. Chiefs                 Buccaneers vs. Bills

    Steelers vs. Bears                 Rams vs. Redskins

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   Week of September 21, for games played on September 27, 2009
                              The Challenge
   Activity Sheet #3 __ ____LEARNING THE NFL TEAM NAMES
                 City, State, Team Name Matching Exercise

 1. Atlanta                               ____Arizona                         ____Bears
 2. Baltimore                             ____California                      ____Bengals
 3. Boston(N.E.)                          ____California                      ____Bills
 4. Buffalo                               ____California                      ____Broncos
 5. Carolina                              ____Colorado                        ____Browns
 6. Chicago                               ____District of Columbia            ____Buccaneers
 7. Cincinnati                            ____Florida                         ____Cardinals
 8. Cleveland                             ____Florida                         ____Chargers
 9. Dallas                                ____Florida                         ____Chiefs
10. Denver                                ____Georgia                         ____Colts
11. Detroit                               ____Illinois                        ____Cowboys
12. Green Bay                             ____Indiana                         ____Dolphins
13. Houston                               ____Louisiana                       ____Eagles
14. Indianapolis                          ____Maryland                        ____Falcons
15. Jacksonville                          ____Massachusetts                   ____Forty-Niners
16. Kansas City                           ____Michigan                        ____Giants
17. Miami                                 ____Minnesota                       ____Jaguars
18. Minneapolis(MN)                       ____Missouri                        ____Jets
19. Nashville(TN)                         ____Missouri                        ____Lions
20. New Orleans                           ____New York                        ____Packers
21. New York                              ____New York                        ____Panthers
22. New York                              ____New York                        ____Patriots
23. Oakland                               ____North Carolina                  ____Raiders
24. Philadelphia                          ____Ohio                            ____Rams
25. Phoenix(AZ)                           ____Ohio                            ____Ravens
26. Pittsburgh                            ____Pennsylvania                    ____Redskins
27. St. Louis                             ____Pennsylvania                    ____Saints
28. San Diego                             ____Tennessee                       ____Seahawks
29. San Francisco                         ____Texas                           ____Steelers
30. Seattle                               ____Texas                           ____Texans
31. Tampa                                 ____Washington                      ____Titans
32. Washington                            ____Wisconsin                       ____Vikings

Note: T he num ber s of the c ities m ay be interc hanged in the ST AT ES that have two or three team s .
      T he num er ic al or der of the CIT IES m ay be interc hang ed with the m atc hing team NAMES f or
      the two team s f r om New Yor k City.


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   Week of September 21, for games played on September 27, 2009
                                Answer Key f or The Challenge

         Activity Sheet #3 LEARNING THE NFL TEAM NAMES

                    City, State, Team Name Matching Exercise
 1. Atlanta                            25__Arizona                  6__Bears
 2. Baltimore                   23/28/29__California                7__Bengals
 3. Boston(N.E.)                29/23/28__California                4__Bills
 4. Buffalo                     28/29/23__California               10__Broncos
 5. Carolina                          10__Colorado                  8__Browns
 6. Chicago                           32__District of Columbia     31__Buccaneers
 7. Cincinnati                  4/17/31__Florida                   25__Cardinals
 8. Cleveland                  17/15/31__Florida                   28__Chargers
 9. Dallas                     31/17/15__Florida                   16__Chiefs
10. Denver                             1__Georgia                  14__Colts
11. Detroit                            6__Illinois                  9__Cowboys
12. Green Bay                         14__Indiana                  17__Dolphins
13. Houston                           20__Louisiana                24__Eagles
14. Indianapolis                        2__Maryland                 1__Falcons
15. Jacksonville                       3__Massachusetts            29__Forty-Niners
16. Kansas City                       11__Michigan               21/22__Giants
17. Miami                             18__Minnesota                 15__Jaguars
18. Minneapolis(MN)                16/27__Missouri               22/21__Jets
19. Nashville(TN)                 27/16__Missouri                   11__Lions
20. New Orleans                 4/21/22__New York                   12__Packers
21. New York                    22/4/21__New York                    5__Panthers
22. New York                    21/22/4__New York                   3__Patriots
23. Oakland                            5__North Carolina           23__Raiders
24. Philadelphia                    7/8__Ohio                      27__Rams
25. Phoenix(AZ)                     8/7__Ohio                       2__Ravens
26. Pittsburgh                   24/26__Pennsylvania                32__Redskins
27. St. Louis                    26/24__Pennsylvania               20__Saints
28. San Diego                       19__Tennessee                  30__Seahawks
29. San Francisco                 9/13__Texas                      26__Steelers
30. Seattle                       13/9__Texas                      13__Texans
31. Tampa                           30__Washington                 19__Titans
32. Washington                      12__Wisconsin                  18__Vikings



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1. In which states will two games be played?

    ________________, ________________, ________________

2. In which city will the team from the nation’s capital play?

    _________________________________

3. Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.

    ________________________, ________________________

4. MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL started on September 21, 1970.
    Who is playing in the Monday Night game this week ?
    _______________________ vs. _______________________

5. Name the four teams named for birds that will play at home this
    week.
    ________________________, ________________________,
    ________________________, ________________________

6. Name the team from a city on the Atlantic Ocean that will visit a
    city on the Pacific Ocean for a game.

    ________________________

7. The year of 2009 is the 107th anniversary of Barnum’s Animal
    Crackers. Since 1902 there have been 54 different animals
    and now there are19. How many NFL team names can you
    find represented in a box of animal crackers?

    ________, ________, ________, ________, ________,

    ________
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   Week of September 28, for games played on October 4, 2009

 Activity Sheet #4               _______ Learning States and Cities

(1) Write the city and team name of each team from Missouri on
     the blank by their opponent this weekend.

    New York Giants at __________________________________
    ______________________________________ at SF 49ers.

(2) Match these events or landmarks with the cities and states
     given.

    A. Fort McHenry        ___   Baltimore, Maryland
    B. Gateway Arch        ___   Buffalo, New York
    C. Grand Ole Opry      ___   Chicago, Illinois
    D. Mardi Gras          ___   Denver, Colorado
    E. ―Mile High City‖    ___   Nashville, Tennessee
    F. Niagara Falls       ___   New Orleans, Louisiana
    G. Sears Tower         ___   St. Louis, Missouri

(3) Write the name of 3 teams that are from the state of New York.

    _________________, _________________, _______________

(4) How many NFL cities begin with the following letters?

    C __________ S __________          M __________ D __________

(5) Besides New York, New York, name the NFL cities and states
     that begin with the same initial consonant.
     _______________________, _______________________
     _______________________, _______________________
     _______________________, _______________________
     _______________________, _______________________


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1. In which state will two games be played?

     _______________________

2. Identify the city that will be visited by a team from within its own
     state.
               _______________________

3. Several competing teams are from cities with names that begin
    with the same initial consonant. List these cities with names
    that begin with the same consonant.

     _______________________       and   _______________________
     _______________________       and   _______________________
     _______________________       and   _______________________
     _______________________       and   _______________________
     _______________________       and   _______________________


4. Determine which team will travel to a bordering state to play
    their game.

     _______________________


5.   A. Famous motor racetrack        ___   Boston, Massachusetts
     B. Golden Gate Bridge            ___   Indianapolis, Indiana
     C. Liberty Bell                  ___   New York, New York
     D. Old North Church              ___   Philadelphia, Penn.
     E. Saguaro cactus/desert         ___   Phoenix, Arizona
     F. Space Needle                  ___   San Francisco, California
     G. Statue of Liberty             ___   Seattle, Washington


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    Week of October 5 , for games played on October 11 th , 2009

Activity Sheet #5                             FINDING INFORMATION
(1) Find the scores from Sunday, October 4th. Circle the winning teams:

    NY Giants at Kansas City                Oakland at Houston
    Nashville(TN) at Jacksonville           Buffalo at St. Louis
    Cincinnati at Cleveland                 Detroit at Chicago
    Dallas at Denver                        Tampa Bay at Washington
    Seattle at Indianapolis                 San Diego at Pittsburgh

(2) Write in the number of points scored by the following teams:

    Browns          ________           Chiefs         ________
    Rams            ________           Cowboys        ________
    Titans          ________           49ers          ________
    Texans          ________           Jets           ________

    Of all teams, which team won by the fewest points? ________
    Of all teams, which team won by the most points? ________

    Circle all the even points. Draw a box around the odd scores.

(3) Name the team that is leading each division.

    NFC--East                          AFC--East

    NFC--North                         AFC--South

    NFC--West                          AFC--West

(4) Using the weather page of the newspaper you have, how many
    inches of rainfall have you had this year? ________________
    Is your city above/below normal in rainfall for the year?

    What time will sunrise be in your city? __________ a.m.
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1. Identify the states in which two games will be played.

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ , __ __ __      __ __ __ __

2. Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.

     ________________, ________________, ________________

3. Which of the above state capitals will be visited by a team from

    a state capital? ________________, ________________

4. Identify the city located on a Great Lake that will be visited by a
     team from a city located on the same Great Lake.

    ______________________

5. Name the team from a city on an ocean that will visit a city

    located on the same ocean. ______________________

6. The Buccaneers are playing the Eagles. From the weather page
    of the day’s newspaper you have, what is the high temperature
    in Tampa today? ____ degrees.

    What is the high temperature in Philadelphia? ____ degrees.

7. From the boxscore found in the sports sectio n of your
     newspaper on Monday, October 5 th , how many empty seats

    were there at the Oakland-Houston game? ____________

    At the Cincinnati-Cleveland game?             ____________

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    Week of October 12, for games played on October 18, 2009

Activity Sheet #6                              _ _ MAPS are MARVELOUS
Using the map attached and your classroom resources, write an X
in front of the correct answer.

(1) The letter A is:
    _____ The Atlantic Ocean
    _____ The Great Lakes
    _____ Canada

(2) The letter B is:
    _____ Philadelphia
    _____ Washington, D.C.
    _____ Boston

(3) The letter   C is:
    _____ in     Florida
    _____ in     Texas
    _____ in     Colorado

(4) The letter D is:
    _____ in a state which has many mountains
    _____ in a state which has many palm trees
    _____ in a state which has many lakes

(5) The letter E is:
    _____ the city     that   is   the farthest east
    _____ the city     that   is   farthest west
    _____ the city     that   is   farthest south
    _____ the city     that   is   farthest north

(6) The letter F is:
    _____ the home of the Bears
    _____ the home of the Patriots
    _____ the home of the Colts
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 1. You were out of school on Monday to recognize Columbus Day.
    Name the capital of the state the Houston Texans are visiting.

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ , __ __

 2. Name the sea in southern California the Denver Broncos will fly

    over going to their game.           ______           Sea.
    A ―sweet tooth‖ might make them stop at the Chocolate Mountains east of this sea.


 3. Florida is probably our most well known peninsula state. The

    games in Florida will be played in the cities of

     ____________________, ____________________

 4. No game in the state of Michigan, but the lower peninsula of

    Michigan looks like a __ __ __ __ __ __ .

 5. Is there a peninsula across the Chesapeake Bay from
     Baltimore? Circle your answer. yes / no

 6. Is there a peninsula south of the city of San Diego?                     yes / no

 7. San Francisco has on open date this week. However, is San
    Francisco located on a peninsula? yes / no

 8. Is there a peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle to
     the west? yes / no

 9. Is Green Bay located at the bottom of a peninsula? yes / no

10. Name the peninsula southeast of Boston. _ _ _ _                     ___

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    Week of October 19, for games played on October 25, 2009

Activity Sheet #7                       _ _North, South, East, West

Using the attached map, answer these questions:


(1) Find the      on the map. Is it in the northern or southern part
     of the U.S.? ____________ The teams from this state are the

         __ __ __ __ __ __ __ and __ __ __ __ __ __ .


(2) Find the         on the map. Is that state in the east or west?
     ________________ Name the team from the southern part of
     this state. ________________ Name the teams from the
     northern part of this state. ______________, ______________
     Name the other states with three teams. ________, ________


(3) Which state is north of the state with the    ? _____________


(4) Name the    team from the middle part of the state with the     .
     __ __ __   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Which team is from a city in the
     southern   part of this state? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Will a
     game be    played in this state this week? Yes / No

(5) What cardinal direction will the Bills fly going to NC?    ____
     Which direction will the Vikings fly going to their game? ____
     Which direction will the NY Jets jet going to their game? ____
     What direction will the Cardinals soar going to the game?____

(6) Identify the large body of water the New Orleans Saints will fly
     over to get to their game __________ ___ _____________
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1. Determine the states in which two games will be played.

    _____________________, _____________________,

    _____________________, ______________________
2. What intermediate direction will these teams travel to get to their
    game? Do you have your Compass Rose?

    Chicago Bears       _______ San Diego Chargers ______
    San Francisco 49ers _______ Indianapolis Colts ______

3. Name the cities located on the Ohio River in which a game will

    be played. ____________________, ____________________

4. What intermediate direction will the visiting team s in question #3

    travel to reach their destination? _____________________

5. What intermediate direction will the Boston(N.E.) Patriots and
    the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fly to get to London?

    ____________________
6. In what country is London located? __ __ __ __ __ __ __

7. What intermediate direction will the Atlanta Falcons fly to try and

    sink their talons into the Cowboys? ____________________

8. Will there be a game played in any state capital this weekend?

    yes / no

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  Week of October 26, for games played on November 1, 2009

Activity Sheet #8                                 STADIUM CAPACITIES

  Use the stadium capacity table on page 5 to answer the following questions:

(1) If the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium is a ―sell -out‖, how many
      people will be in the stands? __ __ , __ __ __

(2) If Soldier Field in Chicago is a ―sell -out‖, how many fans will be
      attending the game? __ __ , __ __ __

(3) Circle the one stadium in each pair that holds the most people?

    Landshark Stadium                        Candlestick Park
    Metrodome                                FedEx Field

    Lambeau Field                            Arrowhead Stadium
    Paul Brown Stadium                       Georgia Dome

(4) How many more seats does Cowboys Stadium have than
     Mile High Stadium? Cowboys Stadium      _ _, _ _ _
                         Mile High Stadium - _ _, _ _ _


(5) Which stadiums hold fewer people than the Giants Stadium?

         _______ Bank of America Stadium
         _______ FedEx Field
         _______ Lucas Oil Stadium

(6) Write the team name and city of the stadium that holds:
                                   name                city
          71,228 people:  __________________ ______________
          75,192 people:  __________________ ______________
          79,451 people:  __________________ ______________

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1. If the games in Chicago and Green Bay are ―sell-outs‖, how
       many fans from the area will see the games?
      __ __ , __ __ __ + __ __ , __ __ __ = __ __ __ , __ __ __

2. If both games in the state of New York are ―sell-outs‖, what will
      be the total attendance?
              __ __, __ __ __ + __ __, __ __ __ =__ __ __, __ __ __

3. Name the team that will visit a team within their own state to
    play a game.

    __________________________          What is the capacity of the

     stadium in which they will play? __ __, __ __ __

4. Identify the city located on a Great Lake that will be visited by a
     team from a city also located on a Great Lake. Write the
     stadium capacity of the city to be visited.

    _______________________ with a capacity of __ __, __ __ __

5. Look at the boxscores of the games on Sunday, October 25th,
     and write the actual number of people attending each game.

    Chicago at Cincinnati                 __   __   ,   __   __   __
    Indianapolis at St. Louis             __   __   ,   __   __   __
    San Francisco at Houston              __   __   ,   __   __   __
    Atlanta at Dallas                     __   __   ,   __   __   __
    San Diego at Kansas City              __   __   ,   __   __   __
    NY Jets at Oakland                    __   __   ,   __   __   __

6. Name the teams playing in the World Series.

_______________________ vs. _______________________
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     Week of November 2, for games played on November 8, 2009

Activity Sheet #9                           LEARNING THE TIME ZONES

    Use the time zone map on page 73-A to answer these questions.
    Phoenix is starred because that city never goes on DST.

(1) The Houston Texans are playing the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
     In which city will this game be played? ____________ ___
     The game begins at 1:00. What time will it be in the city of
     the visiting team?       ______________

(2) In what city will the San Diego Chargers play? ______________
     The game begins at 4:15, will it be earlier or later back home
     in San Diego?       Circle: earlier  later

(3) When it’s 4:00 in Buffalo, New York, what time is it in:
     Denver?      _____________ Seattle?           ___________
     Oakland?     _____________ Minneapolis?
     Kansas City? _____________ Miami?           _____________

(4) When it’s 1:00 in San Diego, California, what time is it in:
     Phoenix?      _____________ Atlanta? _____________
     Indianapolis? _____________ Dallas? _____________
     Pittsburgh? ______________ Nashville? _____________

(5) The game begins at 4:05 in Seattle. What time will kickoff be in
     the city of the visiting team? _________________

(6) The game begins at 1:00 in Jacksonville. What time will it be in
     the city of the visiting team? ______________

(7) How many visiting teams will stay in their own time zone to play
     their games on this week’s schedule? ___________

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1. A game will be played in four state capitals this week. Which
     capitals will be visited by a team from a city in the same time
     zone?
          ______________________, ______________________

2. Identify the Ohio River city in which a game will be played.

    ______________________ Is the visiting team in the same
    time zone? yes / no

3. Identify the Mississippi River city in which a game will be played.

    ______________________ Is the visiting team in the same
    time zone? yes / no

4. The Monday night game begins at 6:30 in the ―Mile High City‖.

    What time will it be in the ―Golden Triangle‖? __________

5. Name the team from a city located on a bay that will visit a city

    also located on a bay. ___________________

    Is this visiting team in the same time zone?    yes / no

6. Which team will make a transcontinental flight to play their

    game? __________________________

7. Which visiting team might want to go see the Liberty Bell this

    weekend? ________________________


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   Week of November 9, for games played on November 15, 2009

Activity Sheet #10                ____ WEATHER and the NFL
  Use the weather page and the NFL schedule for these activities:

(1) In the spaces below, write down the high and low temperatures
     of these competing teams’ cities.

     city         high      low                high    low
    Dallas       ______   ______ vs. Green Bay______ ______
    Philadelphia ______   ______ vs. San Diego______ ______

    Use high temperatures. Will the Eagles like going to San
    Diego? San Diego is how much warmer than Philadelphia
    today? ________

    The Jaguars may not like going to New York? How much
    colder is New York than Jacksonville? ___________

(2) Find the cities where the following teams play. What are the
     temperatures and weather there as given in your newspaper?

                  high     low                     Weather
    49ers        ______   ______
    Cardinals    ______   ______
    Steelers     ______   ______
    Browns       ______   ______

(3) What is the range between the high   and low temperature in t he
     following cities?
                           high           low          range
          Chicago         _____ -        _____     =   _____
          Oakland         _____ -        _____     =   _____
          Minneapolis     _____ -        _____     =   _____
          Philadelphia    _____ -        _____     =   _____
          Pittsburgh      _____ -        _____     =   _____
          Miami           _____ -        _____     =   _____
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1. Games will be played in three state capitals this week . With the
    day’s newspaper you are using, which of these capitals has
    the highest temperature? ___________ Lowest? __________

2. Ascertain the state in which three games will be played.
    ________________________
    Which city in that state has the highest temperature today?
    ________________________

3. Of the 15 games scheduled for this week, which competitors
    have the smallest difference between the high temperatures in
    their cities?
    _____________________ vs. _____________________

4. Identify the teams from cities located on a river that will visit a
     city located on the same river.

     _____________________, _____________________

5. Determine the team from a state capital that will visit the

     nation’s capital for a game. ______________________

6. Identify the teams that will travel to a bordering state to play

     their game. ___________________, ___________________

7. A team from a state capital is visiting a state capital. Which of

     capital cities had the warmest temperature today? __________

8.   You were out of school Monday to recognize Veterans’ Day.
     Discuss what you have in your city that was built or placed
     to recognize Veterans’ Day.
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  Week of November 16, for games played on November 22, 2009

  Activity Sheet #11       ____        ACTION WORDS in SPORTS

    Read an NFL article in your newspaper’s sports section.

(1) Find verbs, or action words, which describe the different plays
     in the football games. Write them in the spaces below. Then,
     write other sentences using the same verbs. This time, use
     the verb in a different way. Example:

Marion Barber of the Cowboys rushed for 112 yards in the game.

__rushed__ Caryn rushed home from school to play with her new
           puppy.

__________


__________


__________


__________


(2) Next, find other articles which describe sporting events. In the
     spaces below, write the name of the sport and find two action
     words in that story.
                 sport:               two action words:
Example: ___tennis___          ___served___      ___returned___
             _____________ _____________ ______________
             _____________ _____________ ______________
            _____________ _____________ ______________

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1. Name the cities located on a bay in which a game will be played.
        ____________________, ____________________,

         ____________________, ____________________

2. Which of the above bay cities will be visited by a team from a

    city also located on a bay? _____________________

3. Which teams will travel to a bordering state to play a game?

         ____________________, ____________________

4. If the Browns wanted to take a boat ride, they could get to their

    game by sailing across Lake ______________.

5. Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.

         ____________________, ____________________

6. Name the large lake in Utah the San Francisco 49ers will fly

    over en route to their game. _________      _______    ________

7. The New Orleans Saints could cruise to their game by sailing

    across the __________      ____    _______________ .

8. Identify the competing teams that have team names that would
     make you think you might be watching a movie from the
     Old Wild West.
               ____________________ vs. ____________________

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                       PIGSKIN, JR. ®
  Week of November 23, for games played on November 29, 2009

  Activity Sheet #12        ____        _______CITIES in the NEWS

Look through your newspaper to complete these activities.

Find stories that have datelines of United States cities. List the
cities in the spaces below and write the states in which they are
located.
(Grand Forks is in the state of North Dakota)
city                             state
_____________________            _________________________
_____________________            _________________________
_____________________            _________________________
_____________________            _________________________
_____________________            _________________________
_____________________            _________________________

(1) Which city of the six(6) datelines you found is closest to your
     hometown? _________________________________

    Which city is farthest from your home? ___________________

    Name at least one city that is south of you. _______________

    Are any of the cities west of you? _______________________

    After talking with your parents, write and tell your teacher of
    any city you would like to visit for a very specific reason.
    ___________________________________________________
                                                    ____


(2) Name an NFL city that is north of where you live.

    south ____________, east ____________, west

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1. Challenge!! Try to find a dateline for every NFL city this week.

2. There are three games on Thanksgiving Day. The city of all the
    home teams on this day begin with the same initial consonant.

    This initial consonant is the letter _____ .

3. The Green Bay Packers could get to the ―Motor City‖ sailing on
    two Great Lakes. They could cruise across the north end of

    Lake _______________ and south on Lake _____________ .

4. What city would you visit if you wanted to learn more about the
    automobile industry and see Greenfield Village to learn a lot
    about American history? ___________________

5. In which city is the Gateway Arch, the ―Gateway to the West‖?
     _______________________             Look at a Missouri quarter.

6. The Seattle Seahawks will fly just south of Thre e Forks, MT,

    which is the source of the ________________ River, and
    when they get near St. Louis they will be just south of the
    mouth of the same river.

7. Name the team that will fly near the Four Corners region of the

    country. ______________________________

    Determine the states that are a part of the Four Corners .

    ______________________, ______________________,

    ______________________, ______________________
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                                PIGSKIN, JR. ®
  Week of November 30, for games played on Dec ember 6, 2009

  Activity Sheet #13                  ____           ___________GREAT LAKES




(1)   W ith our teacher pointing out the Great Lakes f or you, write the numeral 1 on Lake
      Superior, 2 on Lake Michigan, 3 on Lake Huron, 4 on Lake Erie, and 5 on Lake Ont ario.
(2) To help you remember the names of the Great Lakes, think of
     the acronym H-O-M-E-S. Write the name of the lakes on the
     blanks.
     Lake H __ __ __ __                    is 750 ft. deep
     Lake O __ __ __ __ __ __              is 802 ft. deep
     Lake M __ __ __ __ __ __ __           is 923 ft. deep
     Lake E __ __ __                       is 210 ft. deep
     Lake S __ __ __ __ __ __ __           is 1333 ft deep

(3) Lake         H __    __   __   __          covers 23,000                sq.   miles
    Lake         O __    __   __   __ __ __    covers 7,340                 sq.   miles
    Lake         M __    __   __   __ __ __ __ covers 22,300                sq.   miles
    Lake         E __    __   __               covers 9,910                 sq.   miles
    Lake         S __    __   __   __ __ __ __ covers 31,700                sq.   miles

(4) Write the names of the lakes in order from the deepest to the
    shallowest. Lake _______________, Lake _______________,
    Lake ____________, Lake _____________, Lake __________

(5) Which Great Lake is the biggest? Lake _____________. It is
    also the largest body of fresh water in the world.
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1. Name the Great Lakes the Baltimore Ravens will fly over en
    route to ―Packer Town‖.

    Lake ____________________ , Lake ____________________

2. The state of Michigan is bordered by which Great Lakes?
    Look at the back of a Michigan quarter.

    Lake   _________________________
    Lake   _________________________
    Lake   _________________________
    Lake   _________________________

3. Which team will visit the city on Lake Michigan for their game?

    ______________________________

4. How is Lake Michigan different from the other four Great Lakes ?

    ___________________________________________________

5. Cleveland is located on Lake Erie. Which team will visit
     Cleveland for a game this week?
                                    _________________________

6. Buffalo is located on Lake Erie. Which team will wing their way
    to Buffalo for a game this week?
                                    _________________________

7. Niagara Falls is the famous waterfall near Buffalo that separates

    Lake __________________ and Lake ____________________

8. Which team could drive part way to their game on the old and
    famous Route 66?
                                   _________________________
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                         PIGSKIN, JR. ®
  Week of December 7, for games played on December 13, 2009

  Activity Sheet #14           __MOUNTAINS of the UNITED STATES
               Use the map on page ?? -A to answer these questions.
(1) Seattle is located near the mountain range called the

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __           __ __ __ __ __

(2) The mountains in eastern California where the giant sequoia
     trees grow are the
                  __ __ __ __ __ __     __ __ __ __ __ __ Mts.

(3) Denver is called the ―Mile High City‖ and it is located near the

    __ __ __ __ __ Mountains in Colorado.

(4) Determine the three teams that will fly over the Rocky
     Mountains going to their game.

    ________________________, _________________________,

                       _________________________

(5) Identify the team that will fly across the Appalachian Mountains

    to reach their destination. _______________________

(6) Denver is 5,260 ft. high and is in the ____________ Mountains.

    Phoenix is 1,090 ft. high and is in the ______________ Mts.

    Atlanta is 1,050 ft. high and is in the _______________ Mts

(7) As the Seahawks leave Seattle, they will fly over the mountains

    of the _ _ _ _ _ _ _     _ _ _ _ _ where Mt. Rainier is located.

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1. It is not the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains of
      Colorado, but as the Denver Broncos leave their airport they
      will see this most well known mountain near Colorado Springs.

    This peak is named __ __ __ __’ __        Peak.

2. The Phoenix(AZ) Cardinals will witness a unique geographic
    phenomenon as they fly northwest over Death Valley and see
    Mt. Whitney to the east, only 80 miles away. Tell your teacher
    what is unique and different about the two. Discuss this with
    your parents.

3. The Cardinals will see some giant trees growing on the western
    slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These huge trees are
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ trees.

4. A game is being played in Atlanta, which is a piedmont city.
     Atlanta is in the ―foothills‖ of the Appalachian Mountains.
     Piedmont means ―__ __ __ __ of the Mountain‖

5. Identify the team from a state capital that will visit a state capital

    for their game. _________________________

6. If the Broncos were to drive to the game, they would follow

    Interstate highway __ __ all the way.

7. Identify the state capitals in which a game will b e played.

         _____________________, _____________________,

         _____________________, _____________________


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  Week of December 14, for games played on December 20, 2009

 Activity Sheet #15                                   MAJOR RIVERS

(1) Identify the cities located on the Mississippi River in which a
     game will be played.
     _________________________, _________________________

(2) Name the Ohio River city in which a game will be played.

                       _________________________

(3) Name the Missouri River city in which a game will be played.

                       _________________________

(4) St. Louis is located near the confluence of the

    _______________ and the ___________________ rivers.

(5) Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River which is formed at
     the confluence of the
     _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ River and the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ River.

(6) The Boston(N.E.) Patriots will fly over New York’s capital city of
     Albany going to Buffalo.
     The city of Albany is located on the __ __ __ __ __ __ River.

(7) The Houston Texans will fly near Arkansas’ capital of Little
     Rock going to St. Louis.
     The city of Little Rock is located on the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ River.

(8) The Cincinnati Bengals will soar near Missouri’s capital of
     Jefferson City going to San Diego.

    Jefferson City is located on the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ River.

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1. How many teams will cross the Mississippi River as they travel
    to their games this week? __________

2. 5 + 5 = 10. Name the five states that are on the east side of the
     Mississippi River
     _________, _________, _________, _________, __________

    Name the five states on the west side of the Mississippi River.

    _________, _________, _________, _________, __________

3. The Indianapolis Colts will fly near Knoxville, TN, going to their
    game. What river has its source at Knoxville?

     _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ River

4. Number these rivers in the order the Cincinnati Bengals will
    cross them going to their destination.

    ___ Arkansas, ___ Colorado, ___Missouri, ___ Mississippi,
    ___ Rio Grande

5. Get some help from your parents or grocer. The team from the
    leading orange producing state will travel to the leading apple
    producing state for their game. This will have the

    ____________________ visiting the ____________________.

6. Nashville, TN, is called ―Music City‖, and it is located on the

    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ River.

7. The Boston(N.E.) Patriots will cross the river that flows across
    the middle of Massachusetts and Connecticut. This is the
    __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ River.
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  Week of December 21, for games played on December 27, 2009

   Activity Sheet #16          __                      PENINSULAS

(1) Name the team that will be visiting the peninsula state of
     Florida for a game.
                       ___________________________

(2) The Jacksonville Jaguars will see the well known peninsula to
     the southeast of Boston and will learn that it is the

    ____       _ _ _ Peninsula.

(3) The Jaguars will fly over part of the Delmarva Peninsula that is
     across the bay from Baltimore. Parts of three states are on
     this peninsula. How do you think this peninsula was named?
     Hint: Divide Del mar va into syllables.

    ___________________________________________________

(4) West of Seattle is the Olympic Peninsula. The Seahawks are
     going to Green Bay, a city located at the bottom of the

    _ _ _ _ Peninsula.

(5) San Francisco is located at the tip of a peninsula surrounded by
     the waters of the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Ocean, the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
     Strait, and the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Bay.

(6) The 49ers are being visited by a team from a state that is
     unique by the fact that it is a state of two peninsulas . This

    state is ______________________.

(7) The peninsula of _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ is south of San
     Diego.

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1. Identify the team from a city located on an ocean that will visit a
     city located on the same ocean.
                                      _________________________

2. Name the city located on a bay that will be visited by a team
    from a city also located on a bay.
                                    _________________________

3. Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.
     _______________________, _______________________,
     _______________________, _______________________,
                    _______________________

4. The Kansas City Chiefs could sail to the ―Queen City of the

    West‖ by cruising down the ________________ River to its

     confluence with the _____________________ River just north

     of St. Louis; then on down to Cairo, IL, to the confluence with

     the ____________ River.

5. The winter solstice occurs on December 21st, at 12:47 p.m.
    EST. This is the shortest day of the year. Write the time of
    sunrise & sunset from the day’s newspaper you are using.

    Sunrise is __:___ a.m. Sunset is __:___ p.m.

6. The St. Louis Rams will fly over states that have panhandles.

    These two states are ________________, ________________


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              For games played on January 3, 2010

    Activity Sheet #17                              POTPOURRI

(1) Identify the state capitals in which a game will be played.

    ______________________,        ______________________


(2) Name the cities located on a bay in which a game will be
    played.
    ________________, _______________, ________________,

               ________________, ________________

(3) Determine the cities located on the same Great Lake in which a

     game will be played. ________________, ________________

(4) Identify the tourist attraction between Lake Erie and Lake
     Ontario the Indianapolis Colts will see descending into Buffalo.

     _______          _____       www.nps.gov/nifa

(5) Do you have ―Hagar the Horrible‖ in the co mics of your
     newspaper?

    For which NFL team could Hagar be the mascot?

    _______________________

    For which NFL team could Tigger be the mascot?

    _______________________


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1. If the Chicago Bears were to drive to their game on I-94, they
      might stop for breakfast in Battle Creek, MI, often called
      ―Cereal City." Name the kind of grain from which your favorite
      breakfast cereals are made.

    ________________, ________________, ________________,

              ________________, ________________

2. How many teams will stay within their own time zone for their
    game this weekend? __________

3. The game begins at 1:00 in St. Louis. What time will it be in the
    ―City by the Bay‖? ___________

4. The game begins at 4:15 in San Diego. What time will it be in
    our nation’s capital? ___________

5. Determine the cardinal direction the Pittsburgh Steelers will fly

    going to the city of their game. _____________

6. Number these rivers in the sequence the Washington Redskins
    will cross them going to California.

    ___ Arkansas, ___ Colorado, ___ Mississippi, ___ Ohio,
    ___ Rio Grande

7. The Baltimore Ravens will fly over the five states that make up
    the Corn Belt of the United States. What state do you think is
    the leading corn growing state in the nation?
                                                    _____________
              I hope you NIE students have enjoyed
             geography and football this NFL season!

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