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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Football Mania
Skill work in throwing to a moving partner and moving to catch an object; practice in using offensive and defensive strategies.
Purpose of Activity:
For students to practice previously-learned throwing and catching skills and offensive/defensive strategies in a game-like situation.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Large grassy field; ten to fifteen different size and textured balls such as junior footballs; nerf footballs and other balls; two large hula hoops; one flag belt for each student (two different colors); dusting chalk or small cones to mark the boundaries of the field/zones;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Before class, mark the playing field (as large a space as possible) into
four equal zones. The endlines are the goal lines.

Then, divide the class into four groups of equal skill. Put each
group in a zone. Then have players in each zone divide themselves into two
teams; each team then wears flagbelts of one specific color.

Place all the footballs in one large hula hoop behind one goal line. The
game starts by one person (the "quarterback") passing the ball to a
teammate in the first zone. If the ball is caught, that player then
passes the ball to a teammate in the second zone. As soon as the
ball is passed to the second zone, the quarterback passes another ball to
her/his teammate in the first zone. This continues until all balls in the
hoop are gone.

Whenever a ball is caught by a teammate in a zone, it continues to the
next zone until it reaches the fourth zone. As this is the
last zone, the player that catches the ball runs past the endline
for a touchdown.

If a person's flag is pulled before the ball is passed or they move over
the endline, or, if the ball is intercepted by the opposing team or
dropped, the ball is then placed on one side line in the zone where it was
dropped or intercepted. After all successfully caught balls reach the goal
line and all other balls are on the side line, the opposing team gets a
turn to be on offense.

Both teams gather all footballs and then place in the hoop at the other end
line. Then the opposite team starts play trying to score touchdowns in the
same manner by passing the ball through each zone to their end zone trying
to score.

At the end of each round tally score and start the second round. A few
minutes before the period is over end the game. Players shake hands and the
final score of course would be "FUN to FUN", leaving the game on the field.


This type of zone play can be used for soccer skills and basketball
skills lead up games after learning the skills.

Depending upon the number of players, you can have two
"quarterbacks" passing balls from two different hoops behind each endline.

Assessment Ideas:

By teacher observation during the game. Using a cue checklist sheet,
mark a tally for each student by using a four point scoring rubric,
according to their ability to throw, catch, and use offensive/defensive

4 = The student received, passed or intercepted at least one or more
balls. Demonstrated consistent use of offensive and defensive strategies in
the game.

3 = The student caught, passed, or intercepted at least one ball.
Demonstrated some use of offensive and defensive strategies in the game.

2 = The student touched at least one ball or pulled opposite
team's flag and was active in the game. May have had difficulty in using
offensive and/or defensive strategies.

1 = Student did not move to the ball or make an attempt to catch or
pull flags during the game. Active participation was very limited.
Demonstrated little to no use of offensive and defensive strategies in the

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Children in wheelchairs could be the quarterback and throw the
balls into the first zone. Also game could be adapted for wheelchair
students by using hoops and other players stay inside hoops to pass and
catch footballs in each zone.
Sally Huston who teaches at Killearn Lakes Elementary School in Tallahassee, FL. Posted on PEC: 3/16/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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