In this lesson, students compare their first day of class in the US with a first day of school in the Ukraine. It is a US Peace Corps lesson plan and thus targets US students but could be adapted for any country.
This is much more adult topic but one that is likely to spark some interesting events in the Euro 2012 games. Femen, an activist group that likes to call attention to the victimization of Ukrainian women in the sex trade and garners news media attention by hosting topless protests, is targeting the euro 2012 games. With 1 out of 10 prostitutes carrying HIV/AIDS workers are out handing out condoms and warning tourists about the dangers. With high unemployment in many areas of the Ukraine, this is just one example of what young desperate women do to try to help their families survive. The perception of women in this trade here is that of "culprits not victims" according to the article and this angers the protest group. This is only a topic for older students or college age students.
Sports often reflect the politics of the day. If you're delving into Euro 2012, have students discuss why Princes William and Harry are boycotting games against the Ukraine. Because of human rights violations, specifically the treatment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, has others in Europe upset at the Ukraine over their perceived oppression. This is an article to get to started.
Here's the official Euro 2012 website with information on the matches and events as well as hashtags. There is an under 21 area of this site as well. Live match coverage is linked from this page so you can listen and learn.
This is an indexed list of sports by age level in various countries if you choose to pursue discussing sports from various countries during Euro 2012 (or even in preparing for the Olympics in the fall.)
Teams across europe are battling to determine who will be "UEFA Euro 2012" champion. Learn about the flags, cultures, and happening behind this event that is jam packed with potential for teaching about different countries.