Lacrosse 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.

Students will learn all about lacrosse. After reading and discussing a nonfiction text about lacrosse, they will put their skills to the test as they act as sports commentators for a professional lacrosse game.

Lesson Objectives

  • Understand the rules of lacrosse
  • Explain a lacrosse game with accurate vocabulary

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions. Please note that each state has different standards for team sports. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • 60 minutes


  • A lacrosse stick
  • Multiple copies of How to Play Lacrosse: Rules and Scoring, one per student
  • Multiple video clips of real lacrosse games and electronic device to play them on
  • Blank writing paper
  • Multiple copies of the quiz, one per student

Lesson Instructions

  • Show students the lacrosse stick. Pass it around. While they are examining the lacrosse stick ,distribute How to Play Lacrosse: Rules and Scoring to students.
  • Read 'The Origin of Lacrosse' and 'Introduction to Lacrosse' sections to students aloud as they follow along. Questions to ask could include:
    • What was the initial purpose of lacrosse?
    • What other sports does lacrosse remind you of?
  • Read the remainder of the text aloud to students aloud as they follow along. Ask:
    • How do you get two points for a goal?
    • What happens during a face-off?
    • What rules are unique to lacrosse?
    • What is a check?
    • What is the difference between a technical and personal foul?

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