Super Bowl III
A reading comprehension lesson on Super Bowl III. Includes printable teaching lesson worksheet.
• Students will be able to recall facts about the 1969 Super Bowl
• Students will use evaluation to state whether Joe Namath’s guarantee of victory would have been remembered if the Jets did not win Super Bowl III.
3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade
Print the reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).
Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions. Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.
Some of the most exciting moments in sports occur when an athlete or team that is not expected to be very good goes against the odds and comes out a winner. That's exactly what happened in 1969 when the underdog New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III. That year was the first time the championship game was actually called the "Super Bowl." In the two years before that, the championship game was simply called the AFL-NFL Championship Game. After the third championship game was played between the Jets and the Colts and called Super Bowl III, the first two games were named Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II even though they had already been played.
Super Bowl III took place on January 12, 1969.
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