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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Card Sharks Basketball Passing
Purpose of Activity:
To practice the bounce and chest passes in the game of basketball.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
1 deck of playing cards; 1 basketball or playground ball for every 2 students
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Divide students into pairs. Gather students in front of you and explain that they will be working on chest and bounce passes. Pinpoint two students to demonstrate a correct bounce and chest pass. Then, explain to students that they will be using a deck of cards in a game that involves these two types of basketball passes. A black card will represent bounce passes while the red cards will represent chest passes.

The teacher will hold the deck of cards while standing in the center of the gymnasium, and one person from each partnership will come up and draw a car, then returns to his/her home, where the partner is holding the ball. The team then performs the type and number of passes which their card indicates. For example:

10 of Spades = 10 bounce passes

King of Hearts = 13 chest passes

Ace of Clubs = 1 bounce pass

As soon as the task is completed, one member of the partnership places the card in their pocket, runs and draws another card, and play continues.

When the deck is completely drawn, students count the number of cards each has in their pocket. Shuffle all the cards and begin again, if desired.


What team can get the most passes?
Lisa Duncan who teaches at Beaver Creek Elementary School in Downingtown, PA. Posted on PEC: 6/25/2005.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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