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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: The Ace of Soccer
Teacher has demonstrated the proper procedure for soccer passing and trapping, and students have learned the basic procedures for addition. Students are familiar with a deck of cards and know the difference between jacks, queens, etc.
Purpose of Activity:
To practice the soccer skills of passing and trapping while using the math skill of addition.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
3-4 decks of cards and 1 soccer ball for every 2 children; Physical activity: Soccer passing and trapping
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Place the cards face down in the middle of the gym with partners equally spaced throughout the activity area. Partners should be approximately 10 feet apart and have enough room to safely pass and trap the ball without interfering with other students.

Each set of partners has one soccer ball. On the teachers signal, the child will turn around choose a card and pass and trap the soccer ball the appropriate number of times. If the card has a 2-10 on it, that is the number of times to be passed and trapped back and forth between the partners. If he chooses a Jack = 11 passes, Queen =12 passes, King =13, Ace =1, Joker = 0, choose another card. The number of passes and traps are the number of points received by the team.

After all the cards have been chosen, students sit and add up their cards and points. Students may work with their partner to add the total points and cards and may use a pencil and index card to add on. Share how many cards and how many points each team received. I also ask them to count how many aces, queens, kings, jacks, and jokers they received to see who has the most of each face card. Do not stress winning, but do monitor closely and if a team is not trying to pass and trap correctly they must start over with that particular card. This game can be played several times in a row and switch the partners giving everyone a turn to choose a card.

Students could be evaluated by the partner for proper form before having a pass count toward their total. The partner who selects the card performs the pass against the wall, and the partner uses a skill checklist to determine whether or not it is acceptable toward the card total.


To make the game harder, we have made the joker worth 20 points that has to be subtracted from the total number of points. To make the game easier, use a larger ball instead of a regulation soccer ball.

Assessment Ideas:

Teachers must monitor closely to make sure students are properly completing the soccer pass and trap. Students soemtimes try to complete the skill as fast as possible to get more cards so stress this at the beginning.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

This game can be adapted for those in wheel chairs by passing a beach ball instead of kicking a soccer ball.
Jennifer Seagraves who teaches at Sylvester Elementary in Sylvester, GA. Posted on PEC: 12/26/2002.
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