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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Rainy Day Football
Knowledge of football rules such as moving a ball 10 yards for a 1st down.
Purpose of Activity:
A rainy day activity to reinforce football rules.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
One poster board or large sheet of paper for each group of 2 or 4 students; Two dice for every 2 or 4 students; Miniature football; coin; or some kind of game marker;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Draw out a football field on poster board to keep track
of position of ball. Students pair up for 1 vs. 1 or 2 vs 2 games.
One team will be on defense while the other team is on
offense. The team on offense will roll the dice first and try to move
the ball across opposite goal line according to the number rolled. Play
begins on the 20 yard line. Players on one team take turns rolling the
dice. The number rolled determines how far the player may advance her/his

2 equals a 5 yard loss

3 equals a 5 yard gain

4 is a incomplete pass

5 is 10 yard gain

6 is a 6 yard gain

7 is a 3 yard gain

8 is an interception

9 is a 9 yard gain

10 is a 10 yard loss

11 is a 20 yard gain

12 is a fumble (turnover)

Every time the marker moves 10 yards, the team gets a first down. Each team
continues until one team scores or loses the ball.

Assessment Ideas:

Have students keep track of stats such as how many
total yards their team moves, turnovers and points.

Have students watch a football game and record how many plays and first
downs happen in one quarter.
Russell Melancon who teaches at Westgate High School in New Iberia, LA. Posted on PEC: 8/29/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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