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Frisbee Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Frisbees are fun to play with in the traditional way, but they can be used for so much more. This lesson plan details several activities and games to do with Frisbees that will keep students engaged and moving.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • throw and catch Frisbees
  • use the correct wrist and grip skills when throwing Frisbees

Length

30-50 minute lessons each

Materials

  • Frisbees
  • Hula hoops
  • Rope
  • Clean, dry cans
  • Yarn
  • Laundry baskets

Key Vocabulary

  • Frisbee
  • Grip
  • Wrist posture

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).

Warm-Up and Direct Skill Instruction

  • Gather students together and show them the proper technique for throwing and catching a Frisbee.
  • Distribute Frisbees to each student and allow them to hold, then model the technique for throwing without letting go.
  • As students practice, circulate to make sure they have the proper grip and wrist posture.
  • Have all students line up on the same side of a field or gym space and practice throwing their Frisbee. Retreat and practice throwing in the other direction.
  • When ready, divide students into partner pairs and spread them apart a short distance.
  • Give students time to practice throwing and catching skills.

Skill Practice

Hula Hoop Target Practice

  • Hang hula hoops at varying heights.
  • Give students time to practice throwing the Frisbee through the hoop, such as each student practices with five throws.
  • Divide students into teams and have them compete to see who can get the Frisbee through the hoop the most times.

Knock Knock

  • Stack cans on a surface to create a simple six-piece triangle (three on the bottom layer, two on second and one on top.)
  • Divide students into partner pairs and have them practice their skills by throwing the Frisbee at the target, trying to knock cans down.
  • Play a competitive game by having students play against another team or their partner.

Tic-Tac-Toe

  • Use rope or yarn to make tic-tac-toe grids on the ground.
  • Divide students into partner pairs and give each a set of four different-colored Frisbees.
  • Tell students to play tic-tac-toe with the Frisbees, attempting to get three in a row.

Frisbee Team Sports

Frisbee Soccer

  • Divide students into two teams.
  • Play with one Frisbee following the same rules of soccer, moving the Frisbee up the field to try to score a goal by throwing the Frisbee past the goalie and into the net.
    • Tell teams that they can only throw the Frisbee to move it - no running with the Frisbee.

Frisbee Baseball

  • Divide students into two teams.
  • Play with one Frisbee following the same rules and structure as baseball, this time with no pitcher or catcher.
  • Students throw the Frisbee instead of batting and run the bases.
  • A caught throw is an out, as well as throwing to the base before the runner reaches it.

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