ESL American Football Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn about American football. First, they will learn football-related vocabulary words and create a vocabulary book. Then, they will engage in a vocabulary game. At the end, they will create an original sports commentary.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define and illustrate football-related vocabulary words.
  • Write and say a sports commentary using vocabulary words.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


  • Football
  • Team
  • Player
  • Touchdown
  • Field goal
  • End zone
  • First down
  • Yard
  • Referee
  • Quarterback
  • Running back
  • Wide receiver
  • Offense
  • Defense
  • Punt


  • Photographs of the vocabulary words
  • Copies of blank vocabulary books, one per student
  • 2-3 video clips of football games with sports commentators
  • 5-7 video clips of football games with no sound
  • Index cards with vocabulary words written on them
  • Blank writing paper


  • Show students the pictures of the different vocabulary words. Ask students to turn and talk about what the pictures have in common. Call on students to share responses.
  • Explain that all the pictures have to do with American football, which is what they are going to learn about in today's lesson.
  • Display and point to each picture, one at a time. Say the vocabulary word and write it next to the picture. Have students repeat the word. Discuss prior knowledge and background experiences with the vocabulary word. Use it in a sentence.
  • Students will draw a picture of the word and write it in their vocabulary books. Encourage students to try to use the vocabulary word in an original sentence of their own.
  • Repeat the process for all vocabulary words.

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