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CultureGrams Teaching Activity: The World Game

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The World Game

Grade level: K–5

Objective:
Students will develop basic map skills and learn about the worldwide appeal of soccer.

 


Time requirement:
Preparation: 40 minutes
In-class: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Materials:
CultureGrams Kids Edition
CultureGrams Online World Edition regional maps:
North America
South America
Europe
Africa
Asia
Oceania

Instructions
1. Divide the class into four groups, and assign each group one of four regions:

  • North and South America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia and Oceania

2. For each region, print out a list of the countries in the Kids Edition. Have each group locate
these countries on the regional maps (listed above).

3. Have students access the “Games and Sports” page for each country on their list. Have them determine in which countries soccer is popular and highlight these countries on their regional maps. What number or percentage of the countries on their lists play soccer?

4. As a class, discuss their findings. Explore some reasons why soccer is such a popular sport around the globe (inexpensive to play, introduced by colonial powers, etc.).

5. During an international soccer competition (e.g., World Cup, UEFA European Championship, Africa’s Cup of Nations) assign each student a country to follow during the competition. Use the success of particular teams to launch a discussion about those countries. Internet sites that may be useful include:

International Football Federation (FIFA)
Union of European Football Associations
U.S. Soccer Federation

Image from CultureGrams Mozambique Slide Show “Homemade Soccer Ball.” Photo by Salym Fayad

 

CultureGrams Country Capital Quiz

 

Country Capitals Table

Data Table via ProQuest CultureGrams

Let’s begin the year with a geography challenge! How well do you know your country capitals? Identify the capital cities of the twenty countries listed below.

  1. Australia
  2. Belarus
  3. Canada
  4. Egypt
  5. Fiji
  6. Finland
  7. Haiti
  8. India
  9. Iraq
  10. Jordan
  11. Mongolia
  12. Poland
  13. Senegal
  14. South Korea
  15. Spain
  16. Thailand
  17. Turkey
  18. United Kingdom
  19. Venezuela
  20. Vietnam

How did you do? Answers will be posted in the comments section. To see a complete list of country capitals, see our Data Tables. And to learn much, much more about the countries of the world, visit us at CultureGrams!