"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly
Whether you call it 'soccer' or 'football' it's a game that's played in all corners of the planet, by old and young.
We're certainly looking forward to seeing England get to the quarter finals before crashing out in a penalty shoot out.
But before you get swept up in the madness of football's greatest spectacle why not explore the great game in all its glory?
Social Studies > Culture > World Cup
Join Nat, Moby, and the gang watching a World Cup match, and explore the highlights of this international football tournament.
You’ll learn how the tournament works, famous moments of World Cup history (such as Maradona’s “Hand of God”) and which country has won the most world cups!
Once you’ve watched the movie take our 10 question interactive multiple choice quiz about the World Cup. Do you know enough to take you to the final or will you fall apart in the first round?
Social Studies > Culture > Soccer
The beautiful game! A game of two halves! Sick as a parrot!
At the end of day you don’t want your lack of football knowledge to send you off for an early bath. Learn the basic facts that all football fans should know, from the size of the field, to the number of players on each team, to the names of the different positions. We even tackle the offside rule. There’s also a great set of football activities and graphic organisers to help students get to grips with what constitutes a foul. Oi, ref!
Social Studies > Famous Historical Figures > Pelé
Ever heard of Edison Arantes do Nascimento? No? What about Pelé? Thought so! That’s Pelé’s birth name.
Considered by pretty much everyone as the greatest footballer who ever lived, explore Pelé’s incredible career from humble beginnings as a talented kid from a poor family to member of the Brazilian national team. Pelé is now the game’s most famous ambassador! Don’t forget to check out our interesting facts and figures about Pele to go in depth into the history and achievements of this great sportsman.
Extra (time) ideas
Why not encourage your most football fanatic fans to use Make a Map to plot the progress of their team as they (hopefully) make their way through the tournament? It's a great opportunity to practice building a concept map and a structured flow diagram!
Use context clues to uncover unknown words in this fun single or multi player learning game. Great to expand vocabulary.
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