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The basic skills of throwing and catching a football are the focus of this lesson. The teaching cues for throwing are: fingers on the laces, eye on the target, step with opposite foot, pull arm back and thrust forward releasing the ball. The cues for catching are: make a triangle with your hands, watch the ball all the way until it hits your hands. There are a few drills to have the class practice these skills before playing a fun football passing game.
Throwing and catching a football is not really as easy as the professionals make it look. This lesson plan has some really good teaching cues and the descriptions help with visualizing what catching a football should look like. There are a couple of practice drills in this lesson plan and with your creativity you could expand on it even more. The activity with the trash cans seems like a good one, but perhaps start out with a target of just hitting the trash can and build up to making a pass into the trash can.
Students read an article about a former football star who was killed by a gang member. In groups, they identify the lessons that can be drawn from Dean's life and write an essay about it. Individually, they create a dialogue between themselves and Dean stating what they would want to say to him when he was still in high school. As a class, they discuss the player's death and design proposals to improve society.
Games like this are so much fun! It's basically a big keep-away game, but you get to score points. There are rules by which to play, so students can practice the passing and catching skills in football as much as possible in the game. You can adapt the rules to fit the age of your players.
Are you ready for some football? Which would you expect to weigh more, an offensive player or a defensive player? Have your class use their understanding of median, mode, quartiles, and outliers to analyze their predictions and determine what, if any, comparisons can be made from the weights of the 2011-2012 Baltimore Ravens team. Be aware that a basic understanding of the responsibility of each player position is helpful in forming predictions.
Practice vocabulary and speaking skills in this ESL reading comprehension instructional activity. Middle and high schoolers participate in a number of before, during, and after reading activities based on an article entitled "Footballer Sent Off for Dangerous Haircut." They discuss and match word meanings with new vocabulary words, complete a worksheet, express opinions about haircuts, and practice dialogue with several partners. Use this activity with either fiction or nonfiction works.
Seventh graders research the history of football. For this football history lesson, 7th graders discuss football and study various positions on an overhead. Students complete Internet research to find two ways the game of football has changed throughout history. Students write a report on their research and view a video about the history of the Super Bowl. Students write a summary of the video, research pro football teams, and locate the teams on maps through the decades.
Here is a nice introductory lesson on football. The field, positions, game play, offense, defense, skills, and more. All the basics are in this PowerPoint presentation. Use it to go through all the basics that you want the class to learn at the beginning of your football unit.
Pupils use the quadratic formula to solve application problems. The first problem relates to the path of a football thrown from the top of the bleachers. Students compute the time it will take the football to reach certain heights. In the second problem pupils find a mathematical model to predict the stopping distance of a car. Finally, students use the quadratic formula to generate the number of diagonals for an n-gon.