In the classroom, potential abounds for incorporating this worldwide phenomenon into a host of different lessons, including geography, math, culture, science, foreign languages, physiology, and economics. Animations, motion graphics, and visualizations are keen avenues to catch students' attentions and lure them into learning.
For non-soccer fanatics, a brief introduction to the World Cup can be found in two snappy ESPN FC and Vox articles. An even better primer is the explainer video above from Square Pixel Studios. This clean animation offers a comprehensive overview of the tournament geography and the marquee cultural figures.
Another top-tier classroom resource is the interactive infographic below, "FIFA World Cup Brazil - Then And Now." As students scroll through the chromatic design, facts and figures swoop onto the screen, emphasizing the different phases of tournament history and highlighting both the economics and mathematics of the competition.
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Finally, a terrific animation from Wyzowl helps explain one of the trickiest and most controversial of soccer statues -- the offsides rule. The video, "2014 FIFA World Cup - The Offside Rule Explained," furnishes an eye-catching way to keep kids occupied during a rainy recess when they can't actually go outside and boot the ball themselves.
For other ideas about incorporating the tournament into the classroom, we recommend The Guardian's article on "How To Teach ... The World Cup 2014." For similar resources on teaching with sports visualizations, check out: