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Five Fun World Cup Activities for Kids

Topics: World Cup, classroom activties, math, geography, wirting

The FIFA Soccer World Cup is the world’s most popular sporting event and has set television viewing records in 12 countries. The recent June 16th match between Portugal and the United States attracted 25 million viewers while the game between Brazil and Croatia, the largest broadcast of the World Cup so far, attracted 42.9 million viewers. With so many people interested in the World Cup we decided to compile a list of fun,summertime activities for kids. We believe the global nature of the World Cup is ripe with learning opportunities in math, English language arts, social studies, and more!But before we proceed it’s important to identify a few basic facts about the World Cup for those who are new to soccer:

But before we proceed it’s important to identify a few basic facts about the World Cup for those who are new to soccer:
- 32 team (countries) are represented at the World Cup.
- Each of the 32 teams are divided into 8 Groups (Groups A, B,C, D, E, F, G, H).
- The teams compete against each other in group play first.
- 2 teams for each group will advance to a 16 team elimination tournament. The World Cup Championship is played every four years in July.

So with the basics out of the way let’s get started with the fun!
Make a Bar Graph – Find scoring data for each team in the World Cup. You can find that information here . Make a bar graph for each group (Group A, B, C) using each team’s wins, loses,and draws. Note: This graph will show 3 variables (wins, draws, loses) for each country.

Geography – Make a map of the world and identify all 32 teams and their capitals.

Vinn diagram – Make a chart comparing soccer to other sports like basketball, football, or baseball.

Writing prompt – “Compare and contrast how World Cup soccer with another popular sport. You can choose the sport. You may want to discuss the differences in scoring, uniforms, fan participation, rules, or playingstyles.

Learn about Time zones – Make a map of the world’s time zones and identify the time zones each of the 32 teams.

Pie Graph – Make a pie graph of the time zones of each of the 32 teams. Identify the percentages of teams playing in the respective time zones. Here's a link to help with identifying time zones.

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