Three great World Cup activities

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World Cup ranking - Students explore the ranking formulated from each team's previous 4 years of play in their geographical divisions.  The formula is complex and weighted. Is it fair?  5.OA, 5.NBT, 5.NF.B, 6.NS.B, 6.EE, 6.SP, 7.EE, 8.F, 8.SP, HSA

World Cup draw - How did FIFA sort the 32 world's strongest soccer teams and support each geographic region?  Are the first round groupings fair?  7.SP, HSS.MD, MP.1, MP.3

World Cup - How many ways - Students examine the rules and order of play and calculate or count how many games will be played in each group play, by all teams, and by the winning teams.  4.NBT.4, 7.G.1, 7.SP.8, MP.1

1 comment for “Three great World Cup activities

  1. Allison
    July 16, 2014 at 5:55 am

    This site is great- I love the real world application problems that are relevant to students’ lives. However, I have a question about the alignment of these problems to the CCSS. For example, I am looking at the World Cup problem listed under 3rd grade and all of the standards listed are for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Why, then, is this listed as a third grade problem? I’m just curious so I can explain this to my teachers who may be interested in using this site and possibly purchasing a membership. Thank you.

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