Ultimate Frisbee Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Playing Ultimate Frisbee is a great physical education activity. Use this lesson plan to guide your students through the rules. Teach them the history of the sport, then set up a course for them to put their understanding to the 'ultimate' test.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history of Ultimate Frisbee
  • demonstrate understanding of rules of Ultimate Frisbee
  • play Ultimate Frisbee


  • 1 hour


  • Frisbees, one for each group

Key Vocabulary

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • The Spirit of the Game
  • The pull
  • The thrower
  • Marker
  • Game total
  • Point cap
  • Soft time cap
  • Hard time cap

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).


  • Hold up a Frisbee and ask students to give a one-word reaction to it. Share prior experiences with playing Frisbee.
  • Tell students they will be learning about a sport with rules called 'Ultimate Frisbee.'
  • Pass out copies of our lesson Ultimate Frisbee: Rules & History, or read with students on a shared reading device.
  • Tell students to read the section It All Started with Pie, then ask:
    • What was the prototype for the Frisbee?
    • What is an entrepreneur?
    • Who first played with a Frisbee?
    • What was the original Frisbee made of?
  • Now ask students to read the section Inventing the Ultimate Game:
    • How old was the inventor of Ultimate Frisbee?
    • How did the sport grow?
    • Is Ultimate Frisbee considered a sport today?
  • Tell students that Ultimate Frisbee has several rules and ways to play. Read through the next two sections, The Rules and How to Win, with students, writing down rules and methods of scoring as you read.
  • Allow students to silently read the Lesson Summary and answer any remaining questions. Ask:
    • Who is in charge of monitoring each game?
    • What is the goal of the game?
    • How many players are on each team?
    • What are a pull, thrower, and marker?
    • How is the disk moved?
    • What if the Frisbee goes out of bounds?
    • How does scoring work?
  • Once you've ensured students understand the rules, it's time to play!

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