Inspired by my 6th grade English learners’ passion for fútbol, this project successfully got them to take control of their learning.

Over three weeks, they: recorded and graphed data, calculated averages, used ratios, read maps (keys, scale), wrote paragraphs and presented to the class.

Throughout the project, they met the following Massachusetts’ social studies learning standard:

E.3: Explain how the following five factors have influenced settlement and the economies of major European countries: absolute and relative locations, climate, major physical characteristics, major natural resources and population size.