Bow & Arrow Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Broaden your students' understanding of bows and arrows with this lesson plan. Students will be guided by an informational text lesson, create and play a fun-facts game, then make their own bow and arrow models.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe types of bows and arrows and their purposes
  • explain the development of archery
  • provide a timeline of bow and arrow development


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Copies of the lesson Timeline of the History of Bow & Arrows, one for each student
  • Index cards
  • Sticks (possibly collected by students)
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape (colored tape if possible)
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Water
  • Card board
  • Scissors
  • Optional accessories, such as feathers

Key Vocabulary

  • Self bow
  • Longbow
  • Composite bow
  • Missiles

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