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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Sidewalk Tennis
Suggested Grade Level:
6th and Up
Materials Needed:
Tennis balls; chalk or masking tape; jump ropes; and sidewalks (or other cemented area)
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

This activity is designed to help students learn the rules and scoring of tennis (singles or doubles). For information about the rules and scoring of tennis, check out PE Central's Tennis Web Sites.

Use chalk or masking tape to mark off "mini" tennis courts. Place jump ropes on the centerline and play as a "let" if the ball hits the rope. Students hit the tennis ball with the flat of their hands to assimilate the racket. Also, the server must let the tennis ball bounce once to serve it.

Have students either partner up (singles) or get into a group of four (doubles). Have one student from each partner/group get a tennis ball while the other partner/group members find a "mini" tennis court. Each court starts when ready.

Teaching Suggestions:

Teach the rules and scoring of tennis before playing this activity.

Set up the activity for either doubles or singles (not both).

Post the rules and scoring of tennis for all students to see.
Pat Wheeler who teaches at McPherson Middle School in McPherson, KS. Posted on PEC: 9/20/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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