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World Cup Science Challenge

  • Key Stage 3
  • Topical

Type: Activity
Learning Strategy: Information retrieval

CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED FOR EURO 2012!
(so currently unavailable)


Why not harness all that World Cup excitement to benefit of science education ... and they don't even need to know about football! Linked to each of the 32 countries that started out in South Africa this year is a quiz question; the challenge for students (and staff!) is to match each country to a science fact, phenomenon or personality.

11 – 16 Many curriculum areas

Published: 21st June 2006
Reviews & Comments: 36

Learning objectives

Students will:
· Link science facts, phenomena and personalities to countries
· Develop explanations for these facts, phenomena and personalities

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Many areas of KS3 and KS4 are covered in this activity.

Running the activity

Page 1 includes the names and flags of all the World Cup countries. Next to each flag is a small box in which students can record the number of the fact, phenomenon or personality that links to that country.

Pages 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be cut to make 32 cards. Each card includes one fact, phenomenon or personality linked to one World Cup country. There is also an explanation task on each card.

There are many ways of using this activity, depending on students’ ability and how much time is available. Several suggestions follow:

· Give each small group a copy of each page. Ask students to research quiz answers using the Internet and/or reference books, either at home or in class and fill in their answers on page 1.
· Give each student/small group a copy of page 1. Make cards from pages 2, 3, 4 and 5 and display them round the classroom. Ask students to research the answers using the Internet and/or reference books and fill in their answers on page 1.
· For homework, give each student one card. Ask them to find out the country it is linked to and to do the explanation task on the card. Next lesson, each student reports his or her findings.
· Give out the quiz to anyone in the school (staff included!) who wishes to do it. Run it as a competition!

News links

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Use search engines such as google to research the answers

Reviews & Comments

Write your online review to share your feedback and classroom tips with other teachers. How well does it work, how engaging is it, how did you use it, and how could it be improved?

Please bring it back!

Jun 30th, 2014

1 Star

Please, if you are not updating the quiz, give access to the old one so that we can update it. It was a very well-made resource and I can't understand why it is not possible to share it!

Reviewer: Julia Corbett

Where is it?

Jun 15th, 2014

1 Star

It is now June 2014 & the activity has still not been uploaded.

Reviewer: Gillian Whitmell

World Cup Science Challenge review

May 22nd, 2014

5 Star

Great resource but a bit of a shame it is now 2014 and it still says unavailable due to being updated for Euro 2012

Reviewer: Fiona Mitchell

science

Jun 20th, 2011

5 Star

brill resource

Reviewer: Layla Marshall

Science

Nov 16th, 2010

5 Star

Excellent resource- set this task as cover work using computer suite. Class totally engaged and produced super display work.

Reviewer: Heather Pearson

World Cup Science Challenge

Jul 14th, 2010

5 Star

Great activity- my top set year 9 class loved doing it after they'd done 2 lots of GCSE exams. Needed a whole double lesson to do it in.
And maybe I'm just being pedantic but the Serbia flag is wrong (my 4 year old World Cup fan pointed that out to me!)

Reviewer: Debi Ives

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jul 9th, 2010

5 Star

Super activity, our labs are being painted, so we have to move out. relocation to an IT room was not a problem with the world cup resource. engaged all pupils at different levels. Lowerschool -find out which country. KS4 find the answers and produce a display etc.
Classes who were not doing it were asking to.

Reviewer: Nicola Maddocks

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jun 30th, 2010

5 Star

We have used this super activity with different Age groups and abilities. Students rate it brilliant. Really engaging. Gets them to think

Reviewer: Dianne Ward

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jun 21st, 2010

4 Star

This was very useful as it links Science and other curriculum areas .Kids were able to engage in the activity.

Reviewer: MARION WILLIAMS

Sounds great...

Jun 18th, 2010

5 Star

...but I can't get it to download - any suggestions? Have downloaded another activity recently so guessing it's not my computer / internet connection.

Reviewer: beth Hamlett

Science

Jun 17th, 2010

5 Star

Very good resourse for all year groups. Lots pf people complain about not having answers, they are in the teachers notes!

Reviewer: James England

science

Jun 16th, 2010

5 Star

some resources are just perfect.

Reviewer: kiymet turan

great

Jun 15th, 2010

5 Star

great im a student and just created a sccont and got the sanwsers

Reviewer: Colton Colton

Answers

Jun 14th, 2010

1 Star

It is useless, on the internet, it is hard to find out answers, and the website doesn't give answers, and how to the teachers mark the work if they do not know if the answers are right.

Reviewer: Tayyub Majeed

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jun 8th, 2010

5 Star

Excellent! Great activity for last days of school.

Reviewer: anjali oset sinha

World Cup Science Challenge

Jun 8th, 2010

5 Star

Delighted to see this has been updated - it was such a success last time with all year groups. The activity was made cross-curricula by blanking out the countries on the flags, providing a world map (blank, with boundaries or marked with the countries depending on the year group) and providing a list of countries after a brain storm. Thank you.

Reviewer: Hazel Shirley

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jun 8th, 2010

5 Star

Excellent resources for my Year 9 students. They loved it.

Reviewer: Maumita Manna

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jun 7th, 2010

5 Star

A great resource. Perfect for channelling World Cup enthusiasm.

Reviewer: Sue Parsons

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Jun 7th, 2010

1 Star

Can't seem to get this to work any more? This is a shame as it looks really good

Reviewer: Paula Macdonald

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jun 2nd, 2010

5 Star

Great activity! Having the answers is very helpful too! Many thanks.

Reviewer: Peter Hammond

World Cup Science Challenge

Jul 11th, 2007

5 Star

I used this with middle ability year 8 as an end of year activity. This kept them engaged and working hard for a double lesson, and was a really good focus to improve their internet search skills. They enjoyed the element of competition too.

Reviewer: Ruth Whitehouse

World cup science challenge

Jan 31st, 2007

5 Star

The students love this activity and it really engaged them

Reviewer: Rebecca england england

World cup science challenge

Jul 27th, 2006

5 Star

Excellent activity for the end of term. Top set year 8 did this as a competition. 1 mark for the country and bonus marks for answering the questions. Worked really well. Thanks

Reviewer: ann wilks

world cup science challange

Jul 18th, 2006

5 Star

really gor the pupils wanting to know differnet scientific facts extending on the ones discussed in the activity

Reviewer: sarah adams

World cup challenge

Jul 9th, 2006

5 Star

Excellent resource, could be time saving if the answers were also provided. Thanx

Reviewer: GULSHAN SOHANTE

World cup Science Challenge

Jul 8th, 2006

5 Star

Absolutly brilliant. My two Y9 &Y8 classes loved it . We had a competition- great fun!!!! Thank you

Reviewer: Doris Evans

World Cup Challenge

Jul 7th, 2006

5 Star

Excellent end of term activity - students didn't think they were working!

Reviewer: Carol Boag

World Cup Science Challenge

Jul 3rd, 2006

4 Star

Just right for the end of term. Plenty of challenge, fun and skill needed. I used it with Children who are Out of School and both special needs and excluded pupils have enjoyed it.

Reviewer: Jenny Elmes

Great break from exams!

Jul 3rd, 2006

5 Star

Year 10 found this fun as a competition the lesson after their module exams - pleased I didn't start them on coursework right away!
Yet another great and topical piece of work - thanks!

Reviewer: Sarah Kononowicz

World Cup Science Challenge review

Jul 2nd, 2006

5 Star

Did this with a top year 7 . A perfect activity as usual very topical . It had just the right amount of interest and rigour - well done once again - I always look to upd8 for inspiration and can't wait for you to launch the GCSE activites

Reviewer: Rosaline Barrett

World Cup Science Challenge

Jun 30th, 2006

5 Star

I tried this with some KS3 pupils at our PRU. They have poor literacy skills and find researching on the internet difficult. At first they found it very difficult and needed help in selecting words to type into the search engine. By the next lesson they were much more confident and began to enjoy the activity. An excellent way to encourage use of internet research.

Reviewer: Annemarie Xavier

World Cup Science Challenge

Jun 30th, 2006

5 Star

Absolutely brilliant - kept year 9's and lower ability year 10's quiet for 2 whole lessons.

Reviewer: averill jewell

World Cup Science Challenge

Jun 29th, 2006

5 Star

I have carried out this activity with several groups. Top groups enjoy the competition, lower sets definitely required internet access. Excellent.

Reviewer: pam martin

World cup science challenge

Jun 29th, 2006

5 Star

Brilliant. Low ability year 9 enjoyed trying to find the answers using the internet. Am going to set as a homework challenge for another class.

Reviewer: Kerry Colyer

World cup challenge

Jun 29th, 2006

5 Star

Fantastic - doing it with 9 set 2 - they are loving it, girls and boys. Going to make a really big display, cross-curricular links etc. Also did the Football ecological footprint one first, so have had a themed week!

Reviewer: rebecca noble

World Cup Science Challenge

Jun 26th, 2006

5 Star

This was great. Really engaged the pupils who are making a competition of it.

Reviewer: David Ford