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Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • learn to throw and catch a frisbee
  • improve their cardiovascular endurance

Teacher planning

Time required for lesson

1 hour

Materials/resources

  • one frisbee per game (you may want to have spare frisbees on hand)
  • colored jerseys or pennies

Pre-activities

Students will need to practice throwing and catching a frisbee.

Activities

  1. Ultimate frisbee is played on a regular gym floor. Use the out-of-bounds lines on both ends of the court for the goal lines. The goal is for one team to get the frisbee past the goal line in order to score. The ideal number of players on a team is five to seven. If teams are too large, it will be too crowded.
  2. The frisbee is passed from teammate to teammate to advance the frisbee up the court. Once a player catches the frisbee, he or she cannot take any steps. The holder must throw the frisbee from where he/she catches it.
  3. If team A throws the frisbee and nobody touches the frisbee before it hits the ground, the frisbee goes to team B. If team A throws the frisbee and a member of team A touches it but does not catch it, the frisbee goes to team B. If team A throws the frisbee and a member of team B touches the frisbee but does not catch it, then the frisbee goes to team A. If team A throws it and team B intercepts it, team B gets the frisbee. If the frisbee hits the ground, it goes to the team that did not touch it last.
  4. The frisbee can be played off the wall, backboards, or ceiling. Defense can defend but may not touch the passer. The game is designed to be very fast-paced. Students should be moving at all times and play on both ends of the court.

Assessment

Let students play in an actual game. Look at their passing and catching skills. Students should also be able to keep the game moving without much delay.

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Comments

This is one of my most popular PE activities with my classes. This is an activity that is popular with both boys and girls. This can also be played on the half court or outside on an open field using cones for boundaries.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Healthful Living (2010)
      • Motor Skills Development

        • 9.MS.1 Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. 9.MS.1.1 Use basic and advanced skills to participate proficiently in at least three of the following activities or compositions: aquatics, team sports,...
        • H.MS.1 Evaluate competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. H.MS.1.1 Evaluate data that lead to improved performance in a variety of physical activity experiences. H.MS.1.2 Generate opportunities for increasing...
      • Movement Concepts

        • 9.MC.2 Understand concepts, principles, strategies and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement. 9.MC.2.1 Create plans for establishing and maintaining lifelong health enhancing behaviors based on concepts of health, fitness, and nutrition....
        • H.MC.2 Understand concepts, principles, strategies and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement. H.MC.2.1 Compare trends and behavioral effects between attitudes toward exercise and preferred physical experiences based on age and gender....

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Healthful Living Education (2006)

Grade 9–12

  • Goal 7: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities (NASPE Standard 2).
    • Objective 7.02: Demonstrate competence in basic offensive and defensive strategies or tactics in traditional and non-traditional team, individual, and dual activities.