Basketball Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan as an introduction to a unit on basketball. Students will read a text lesson, summarize and discuss its contents, and take part in some hands-on activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list basic basketball skills
  • explain the basics of how to stay safe while playing basketball


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.


  • Several basketballs
  • Gym time


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to describe the game of basketball. Start with one volunteer and ask them to state one thing they know about they game. When they have made their contribution, ask for another volunteer to do the same. Continue this until students have no more to add to the conversation.
  • Distribute the text lesson Basketball Skills, Activities & Safety. Ask students to read the 'Skills, Activities, and Safety' and 'Skills' sections of the lesson. Present the following discussion questions to students:
    • What attributes must a player have in order to be good at the game of basketball?
    • What are the two categories of skills in the game of basketball?
  • Ask for volunteers to read subsections of the 'Offense' section of the text lesson out loud. Reflect on the section with the following discussion questions:
    • What is the importance of shooting?
    • What is offensive rebounding? When would you use it?
    • Why is passing an important skill?
    • What is dribbling? When is it required?
  • Repeat the above procedures with the 'Defense' section. Discuss the questions:
    • In basketball, what is blocking?
    • How important is stealing to the game?
    • How is defensive rebounding different from offensive rebounding?
  • Skipping over the 'Activities' section, students will now read the 'Safety' section. When they are finished, hold a whole-class discussion around the following question:
    • What are the most important safety guidelines in the game of basketball?
  • Create a class list on the board of the top five most important safety guidelines.

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