What can you do in the classroom with the World Cup ?

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Here are some ideas for how you can incorporate internationalism, particularly the World Cup, into your lessons.

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  • So here are some ideas for use in the classroom….in no particular order!
  • NB A lot of literacy ideas can be adapted for MFL, as, in fact, can lots of other topic areas Use photos from the FIFA website as a stimulus for speaking and writing. For example – who’s this ? What’s he saying ? What’s just happened ? Write an interview with him.
  • Use the photos to stimulate some descriptive writing !
  • Look at the classic football part of the FIFA site. Lots of archive material. This is a photo from Italy 1934, the semi-finals. The German captain Fritz Szepan on the left is shaking hands with the Czech captain and goalie Frantisek Planicka. How have the football kits changed ? How has football itself changed ?
  • As a little aside from this, why not have a look at World Cup balls through history ? Jabulani means “to celebrate” in IsiZulu Italy 1934 “Federale 102” Brazil 1950 “Super Duplo T” Chile 1962 “Crack” And if anyone can tell me why France 1938’s ball was called “Allen”…. Here’s the ball from the final of the 1 st World Cup in 1930. The Adidas telstar (television star) was painted black and white so that it was more visible on black and white TV. Kept this design until France 1998.
  • Practise spellings by giving country names to fill in the gaps. e.g. can you fill in the vowels to make these country names ?
  • Make mini-books ! There is a series of 8 on the website for you to make. Why not get your pupils to research and make their own ? Just 8 pages, not too much stuff needed.
  • Working with and understanding time zones is an opportunity for maths and intercultural understanding together ! e.g. On June 15 th , England will play their first game which is against USA, at 20.30 in Rustenburg. If RSA is 2 hours ahead of UK, what time will we be able to see the kick-off ? What time will it be in USA ? Will Americans be able to watch it ? Similarly, on 13 th June Germany will play Australia in Durban at 20.30. What time will it be in Germany ? And in Australia ?
  • There are lots of facts and figures available that can be used for ranking and graph activities Pupils can rank the stadia according to their age and capacity
  • This is from the statistics part of the FIFA website from the qualification rounds. I chose Oceania because it’s a small group and would all fit on one page. The gifted mathematicians could look at Europe which had many more teams going for qualification ! By the way, it’s interesting to note that Australia doesn’t count as Oceania as far as FIFA is concerned – you’ll find them in the Asia group. You could look, for example, at the number of yellow cards given. Who got the most? Who got the least ? What was the average ? Fiji may have scored the most goals, but they were the dirtiest players !
  • Alternatively, you can look at the teams and the players themselves. The team lists for 2010 haven’t been released yet, so here’s the England team list for Korea/Japan 2002. You can look for the tallest and smallest players, the oldest and youngest players, you can put them into height order…. What is the average height or average age of that England team ?
  • Something else that is useful for numeracy is the ticket prices. Good for some multiplication or addition. Could also lead to some useful discussions about national currencies and wages.
  • You could also do some sorting using flags and Venn diagrams. More about flags later.
  • For Geography, a good starting place is looking at maps, in particular where the teams are all from. Can the children find all the countries on a map ? Then with reference to each country, can they produce a fact sheet or a project pack about a certain country ?
  • Why not look at the venues where the matches are being played ? Again, see if you can find out where they are on a map. How far are they from each other ? How far will the teams have to travel just in the first round ? England have to go from Rustenburg to Cape Town and then from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This info is from the distance calculator on the “Host Cities” page of the FIFA site.
  • Here are some pictures of Rustenburg, an area best known for Sun City resort. They show main industries in that part of Africa. What is the crop ? Tobacco Also shows a mineral mine I still like this photo of grapefruit farming in Nelspruit. Where do all the grapefruit go ? How many will South Africans see ? Could also give pupils photos of each host city and ask them to do research to find out which is which They could then find out about the city and region and prepare a dossier for one of the teams going there – what will they find there ? What will be similar ? What will be different ? What will the food be like ? What will the weather be like ? It’s worth pointing out that while the World Cup will be in mid-summer for us, it’ll be mid-winter in RSA. The BBC website is very good for looking at weather around the world.
  • This website gives you background about flags and the symbols that are used on them. You can also use the site to design your own flag.
  • You select where your home is, a country that has affected you and a country where you dream of going. You then get the 3 flags, and when you click on them it tells you what the colours and shapes represent. Then you can move sections of the flag and resize them to make your own flag.
  • Here’s my finished flag. The yellow stars disappeared somewhere….. Would make for a good piece of writing justifying why certain shapes have been picked.
  • The mascot of the 2010 South Africa tournament is Zakumi. His biography can be found on the website. He was born in 1994, the same year as democracy in South Africa. He’s a leopard who has dyed his hair green for camouflage on the football pitch. He is the South African colours of gold and green. His name is from the ZA which is the country code for South Africa and “kumi” which means “10” in various African languages. He is well travelled in South Africa and therefore can adapt to new environments and enjoys diversity. Research the stories behind them. Do they conform to any national stereotypes ? Why is there an orange for Spain 82 and a chilli for Mexico 86 ? Let’s think forward to 2018 when the tournament is played in the UK (!) – design a mascot
  • Connected with the mascot is the official emblem. The figure is representative of the earliest African rock paintings. The figure is energetic, vibrant and dynamic and shows a passion for the game. The colours on the backdrop reflect the South African flag. They “swish” from south to north, reaching out to the world. If they had to design a logo for England 2018, what would it represent ? Makes them think about their own country
  • Have a look at African fabrics, such as the geometric patterns that the Ndebele people use. Pupils could also research the national costumes of the countries taking part. They could use their knowledge of flags and their colours to design a strip for one of the teams
  • If you fancy something a bit more structured and “meatier”, this is a very good resource, produced by the NUT and ACTSA – Action for Southern Africa. The aim of the pack is to encourage longer term linking between UK schools and schools in Africa. The pack was formally launched as part of President Zuma’s visit at the beginning of March. It’s a series of lesson plans and activities for 9-14 year olds as well as useful key facts, history of RSA, achievements in South Africa since the first democratic election in 1994 and so on. The lesson plans are Getting to know South Africa Find out about the country, players, food and diet Fan culture – similarities and differences between UK and SA cultures Life in the new South Africa The venues Linking with a school in South Africa The resource can be downloaded FREE from the address on your programme On the same website you’ll also find “10 ideas for 2010” – 10 ideas for things to do, like recipes, quizzes…
  • There are also some resources on the elanguages site, designed for Connecting Classrooms projects with sub-Saharan Africa, but can be used more widely I like this resource. Children write on the map of Africa what they think they know about Africa. Then they go through a process of finding out more about the country and the way of life there and fill in a second map.
  • There are also some interesting and different facts about African countries, which maybe challenge our perceptions of certain countries
  • What can you do in the classroom with the World Cup ?

    1. 1. so what can I do ? making the most of the world cup
    2. 2. LITERACY www.fifa.com/worldcup/
    3. 3. LITERACY www.fifa.com/worldcup/
    4. 4. LITERACY www.fifa.com/classicfootball/index.html
    5. 5. LITERACY http://tinyurl.com/world-cup-balls South Africa 2010 Jabulani Uruguay 1930 Mexico 1970 Adidas Telstar
    6. 6. LITERACY G h _ n _ S l _ v _ n _ _ P _ r _ g _ _ y _ r g _ n t _ n _ a a a a a a a o e e i i u A
    7. 7. LITERACY Mini-books
    8. 8. NUMERACY Time Zones
    9. 9. NUMERACY Statistics and ranking 44,530 1999 Rustenburg Royal Bafokeng 61,639 1982 Johannesburg Ellis Park 66,005 2009 Cape Town Green Point Capacity Built Location Name of stadium
    10. 10. NUMERACY Statistics and ranking
    11. 11. NUMERACY Statistics and ranking
    12. 12. NUMERACY
    13. 13. NUMERACY Venn diagrams with flags stripes stars crosses
    14. 14. GEOGRAPHY Maps
    15. 15. GEOGRAPHY Venues
    16. 16. GEOGRAPHY Venues
    17. 17. ART & DESIGN www.wearemulticolored.com
    18. 18. ART & DESIGN www.wearemulticolored.com
    19. 19. ART & DESIGN www.wearemulticolored.com
    20. 20. ART & DESIGN Mascots Zakumi
    21. 21. ART & DESIGN Emblems
    22. 22. ART & DESIGN Clothing
    23. 24. http://tinyurl.com/elanguages

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