World Cup of Soccer Lessons: Teachable Moments
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The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12th in Brazil and is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and the coverage is bound to be huge. There are 32 teams from around the world participating the event. The World Cup offers a great way to integrate lessons that involve a variety of subjects from art to zoology. With the results being available daily the lessons can be updated. Since some places may not have coverage of the event I highly recommend you use the Internet to keep current.
I find that even those students who are not interested in soccer enjoy getting involved in using the variety of information interesting for math practice such as percentages, graphing, and even probabilities. They also like to make a book of the animals that represent those countries in the form of an animal atlas and design flags for their teams. The lessons can easily meet Common Core standards in math and literacy.
This site has updates on the World Cup
Soccer lessons from Great Britain.
A wide variety including songs.
Compare the stadiums
A fun site that has pictures and data on the places in Brazil where the games will be played. Students can compare rainfall, temperature and even the capacity of each stadium to write an essay on why there choice is best or a compare and contrast essay or make a graphs of the information.
A free app
This site has flags of the nations.
Huge link sites
Printables for younger students
A photo essay on the history of the World Cup
A unique math game based on soccer
Includes tests and listening skill practice.
More ESL Lessons
News English Lessons
ESL / EFL Lesson Activity on Brazil World Cup
The New York Times has a blog about the event
The site has both synonyms and quizzes.
Probability lessons for older students