10 Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

basketball pe lessonWhile looking through the thousands of lesson ideas published on PE Central, we found many basketball related activities published over the past 20 years. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to put some of our favorite basketball lesson ideas on one page so teachers could find them easily. If you are interested in teaching dribbling with finger pads to young children, teaching the proper techniques for chest or bounce passes, or if you want ideas for teaching youngsters how to shoot a basketball, you have come to the right place! We even found an amazing, unedited, 22-minute basketball lesson that we list first!

Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

Teaching Dribbling

  • Elementary PE Dribbling with Basketball Lesson Video – Watch Elementary PE Teacher Tom Winieki teach a lesson on basketball dribbling to his 4th graders. This video will give you a great perspective on how to effectively teach the skills of basketball in a very small space. Watch how he differentiates instruction for so many children.

Grades K-2

  • Feed the Frogs – Great lesson to teach children about keeping eyes up with dribbling a ball with finger pads.
  • Building Dribblers – Kids work together to build a structure while working on their basketball dribbling skills.

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

  • Basketball Golf – Set up a course in your gym to help students learn about shooting a basketball.


Best Practice

Bulletin Board

  • Basketball History Quiz – Kids will love this interactive board that asks them to answer questions about basketball. You can design this board to feature any type of question.


  • Team Building and Rhythms Dance (with Video) – Great dance, especially if you want to motivate the boys in your classes to do some dancing, which is difficult to do sometime!

basketball lesson pe

We hope you enjoy putting these lesson ideas into practice over the coming months, right into March Madness!

To see more basketball-themed ideas at PE Central, visit www.pecentral.org/marchmadness.html

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Fun Fact: Basketball was invented over 125 years ago on December 21st by James Naismith

Author: Mark Manross, Executive Director, PE Central

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8 thoughts on “10 Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

  1. Iam truly happy to review the precious documents for the fact that I’ve been away from elementary sports for a while so all I have to do is review, align, and hit the right button, or “Let the Fun Begin”.

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  4. Thanks for going over some fun lesson ideas for basketball. I like the idea of the dribbling beanbag transfer teaching students to keep their eyes up. It also seems like a good way to help them become aware of their surroundings.

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