World Cup Soccer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

You'll score a goal with your students with this lesson plan about World Cup soccer. Students will read a text lesson that gives them history and facts, play a fun trivia game, then do an activity to strengthen understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the history of the World Cup
  • describe FIFA and its relationship with the World Cup
  • ask and answer questions about the World Cup


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Copies of the lesson World Cup Soccer: History & Facts, one for each student
  • Video of World Cup games for students to watch
  • Scissors
  • Small paper bag
  • Access to technology and the internet

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Share a video of a World Cup soccer game and allow students to watch for a few minutes.
  • Now tell students to brainstorm questions as they watch. Lead with a few, such as 'What teams are playing?' or 'When was this game?'
  • After several minutes of questioning, break students into partner-pairs and have them share their questions.
  • Share questions as a whole group, then open the conversation to allow students to answer as many questions as they can about teams, time, place, etc.
  • Tell students this was a World Cup soccer game and ask partners to brainstorm five questions about this topic, each beginning with a different 'w' word, and record the questions in their notebooks.
  • Also have partners make a 'Facts' box in their notebooks and instruct them to jot down facts about World Cup soccer as they read the lesson.

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