Thursday, October 21, 2010

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Pelé!

Today is soccer star, Edson Arantes Do Nascimento's, birthday. ¿Quién? Oh! Sorry, I meant to say that today soccer star, Pelé, turns 70! (Okay, maybe his birthday is on the 23rd. There seems to be some confusion on this topic...)

I think that probably most people have heard of the famous Pelé. I know I was just a kid when I first heard his name. But I've never really known why he is such a big deal. I mean, why do Latinos the world over smile and nod at the mere mention of his name? He's just some Brazilian guy that is really good at soccer, no? He doesn't even speak Spanish, does he?

Pftht!!!

Well, today I did some digging and the information is impressive. Even if you don't like soccer, it is easy to see, after reading this article, why el mundo Latino the entire world idolizes this man. He is a king and a legend in the world of sports.

So for those of you interested in sharing more about this incredible athlete with your students/children, here are some resources and activities that shed some light on this amazing man's life or that can be incorporated into a lesson plan.

FIFA Classic Player: Another great article on the life of Pelé.

Pitara Kids Network also has a short biography in their Biographies for Kids section.

The Black Pearl: Pelé  A free downloadable lesson plan for grades 5-8

Pelé coloring page by edupics.

And check out My Hero Project's Sports Hero: Pelé by Bryan Stillwagon

There's also many videos posted on YouTube. Check out some of his fancy moves here:





And, of course, you can't ignore this fantastic children's book, by the talented Monica Brown...




You can buy a copy of this book here. Both new and gently used copies are available.

Have fun!

Con mucho cariño...

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