I am lucky to have an incredibly collaborative specials team that is willing to work with me throughout the World Cup unit. In art, students make flags and posters to represent their country, and in music they learn national anthems and chants. Best of all, in PE, students play a World Cup tournament, where they use the flags and cheers to show their national pride. All of this ties together our learning in Spanish class, where students get basic information on the World Cup and this year's host, Brazil.
Not only is it important to provide students some background in football and the World Cup, but to help them feel like they are a part of the action. The cultural connections to products and practices are essential.
Here are some resources to get you started:
Copa schedule 2014 - use the schedule to teach the 24 hour clock, the geography and weather at the different stadiums across Brazil, or to have students negotiate which games to see.
History of 2014 teams - great for an interpersonal or interpretive task about teams' past performance.
¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOl! - don't forget to celebrate each time you score! Watch some of the best goal celebrations and have students create their own!
The World is Ours - the official song of the 2014 World Cup. Great interpretive activity or just to get students in the mood! Have students compare and contrast with the 2010 official song Waka Waka (in Spanish). Compare visually as well through word clouds.