Volleyball Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students the five basic skills necessary to succeed in volleyball. Then set up stations that allow students to put these skills to practice.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the five volleyball skills by name
  • demonstrate understanding of mechanics of volleyball
  • summarize sequence of movement needed for five skills


  • 45 minutes to 1 hour


  • Volleyballs, one for each partner group
  • Net
  • Wall space
  • Chart paper
  • Masking tape
  • Whistle

Key Vocabulary

  • Serve
  • Block
  • Underhand pass/set
  • Overhead pass
  • Spike

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5

Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


  • Gather students together and tell them they will be learning the five basic volleyball skills. Tell them that while volleyball is a fun game to play with strategy, they'll need to learn the basics first.
  • See if students can name the five skills. Write each skill on its own piece of chart paper.
  • Pass out copies of and/or use technology to share our text lesson Volleyball Skills.
  • Pause after each skill section and demonstrate the steps. If possible, ask for student volunteers to demonstrate.
  • Write steps for skill on the appropriate piece of chart paper, including tips if included.
  • After each section, discuss what problems Charlie has and how Jermaine helps.


  • Put posters around the gym where students will practice each skill as follows:
    • Serve Station - Use wall space. Tape a target height and distance for students to practice serve.
    • Block Station - Use the left side of net, both courts. Students will work in partner pairs on either side of the net. They will jump with arms raised, clap hands over the net, then repeat.
    • Forearm Pass Station - Any open space. Students will work in partner pairs to toss the ball and return with the forearm pass, taking turns.
    • Overhand Pass Station - Any open space. Students will work in partner pairs to toss the ball and return with the overhand pass, taking turns.
    • Spike Station - Right side of net, both courts. Students will work with a partner who tosses the ball so they can practice the spike. Take turns.
  • Walk students through each station, then divide them up and allow to practice. Show them the 'move' signal and make sure everyone understands expectations.
  • Circulate and help students where necessary. Blow the whistle to signal moving to a new station.


  • As students progress, allow them to practice the forearm and overhand pass in a circle, seeing how long they can keep the ball in the air.
  • Start with the serving line close to the wall and the tape low. Raise the level as students achieve their goal.
  • To strengthen muscles used in the overhand pass, practice with a basketball against the wall.

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