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Teacher combines love of Chiefs, math into classroom game

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 20:02:28-05

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It seems like you can't walk down the street these days without escaping fans who have embraced this year's Kansas City Chiefs.

The same applies to the classroom of Lizzy Williams, a first year teacher at Abraham Mallinson Elementary in the Independence, Missouri School District.

"I'm definitely a big Chiefs fan and we had just finished reviewing addition," Williams said. "I put the two together and came up with this review game."

The game required Williams to turn the classroom into her own version of Arrowhead Stadium.

"The kids just have to work together to come up with these addition problems and they score and they score touchdowns," Williams said.

After separating the class into teams, Williams kicked off the game, which features students rolling a dice to earn yards.

Afterward, the students had to solve addition problems. A correct answer would gain the yards they needed to get a touchdown.

"I feel like its been helping me a lot more, but it's also really fun," said Kelsi Smith, a student in Williams' class.

Williams said she just wanted students to be able to learn and have fun at the same time.

"I hope they just nurture this love for learning, because this lesson has incorporated so many kids that are often disengaged in activities. I hope this love for learning continues," said Williams.