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Pelé FREE Unit Study

This week in our 10 Weeks of Summer Reading series we have a FREE Unit Study about the great soccer player, Pelé.  You will learn all about his life, soccer, and the World Cup in Mexico City in 1970.

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The Books about Pele

The Pelé unit study is based upon Magic Tree House Soccer on Sunday and/or Who is Pelé?  You may read one or both of these books.

Magic Tree House Soccer on Sunday is a fictional book that follows Jack and Annie to Mexico City to watch the 1970 World Cup Finals.  This book gives the reader a great feel of what it would have been like to be in Mexico City the day Pelé led his Brazilian team to win the World Cup.

Soccer on Sunday (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 05/24/2016 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Who is Pelé? is a non-fiction book that covers Pelé’s life from birth through his post playing career.  It includes information about soccer and his travels around the world while playing soccer.

Who Was Pelé?
  • Buckley Jr., James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 06/05/2018 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

The Pelé FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about Pelé’s life, the 1970 World Cup, Mexico City, and Soccer.

Copy work of some of Pelé’s famous quotes.

A timeline activity to chart his life.

A compare and contrast activity to compare soccer with another sport.

Printable notebooking pages, quote, page, timeline, and Venn diagram.

A following direction world geography activity about Pelé’s travels.

Country flags to color and wave as the fans did at the 1970 World Cup.

Soccer-themed Multiplication Games

Printable map with directions, Brazilian flag colored in and 2 of the multiplication games.

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Meet Pelé

Here is a short interview with Pelé from when the World Cup was in Brazil in 2014. (2 min.)

Watch him play!  This first video shows a variety of highlights of Pelé’s play from the World Cup in 1970. (5 min.)


Learn to Play Soccer

Soccer is a very popular sport and there are probably some leagues where you live that you could join!  If you want to learn some simple skills for soccer, like how to kick the ball, check out this video. (7 min.)

There are many professional soccer teams around the United States and the World.  Here is a list of US professional soccer teams.  See if there is one in your area and attend a game!

“Visit” Mexico City and Brazil

The 1970 World Cup, where Pelé became the first player to win three World Cups, was played in Mexico City.  Watch this video to see what Mexico City is like. (8 min.)

And here is a video about Sao Paulo in Pelé’s native Brazil.  His Santos FC soccer team practiced near Sao Paulo. (8 min.)

Related Books:

Soccer: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #24: Soccer on Sunday (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 05/27/2014 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
Soccer Activity Book: For Kids Aged 6-12 (Soccer Activity Books for Kids)
  • Foundation, The Future Teacher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 09/30/2018 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Let us know how you enjoyed this unit study and if came up with any of your own activities to go with it!