Physical Education Lesson Plan 

Reflection #3

Subject/Gr: Phys Ed. (Gr.7/8)  Lesson Title: Developing Skill with a Frisbee   Teacher: Lila Gaertner
Stage 1: Identify Desired Results
Outcome(s)/Indicator(s)/Treaty Outcomes and Indicators:

PE8.6 Design and implement, collaboratively, plans to develop the performance concepts and application of tactics and strategies to enhance individual and team performance, involved in each of:

  • target games (e.g., bowling, curling, archery, golf, bocce ball)
  • striking/fielding games (e.g., long ball, softball, slo-pitch, cricket)
  • net/wall games (e.g., badminton, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, pickleball)
  • invasion/territorial games (e.g., double ball, basketball, soccer, soft lacrosse, touch football, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, rugby, team handball)
  • low-organizational and inventive games (e.g., walleyball, capture the flag, prisoner’s base, speedball, kick the can, snowsnakes, bombardment).

a. Discuss and apply the various concepts involved in the different types of games (i.e., target games – sending away, wrist action on release of object, starting in aiming position; striking/fielding – placement of the ball on the field, covering bases, base running; net/wall – spatial awareness, positioning on court, returning to ‘base’ position, position of body, trajectory, depth, angles; invasion/territorial – keeping position, penetration, defensive positioning and movement in passing lanes, support for ball carrier, locomotion, on-the-ball movement, off-the-ball movement).

b. Communicate, with clarity and correctness, and practice offensive and defensive tactics and strategies that reflect the performance concepts to be used as a team while participating in striking/fielding, invasion/territorial, net/wall games, and low-organizational and inventive games (e.g., slo-pitch: one out, runner on first, grounder hit to short stop; volleyball: having a full team of six people receiving a serve compared to five, four, or three team members receiving a serve).

c. Explain and practice performance concepts and tactical decisions related to target games (e.g., wrist action in bowling and curling delivery release; club selection and stroke performance variation related to ball position in golf).

d. Collaboratively plan and implement the leading of physical experiences to enhance a self-selected skill, or game tactic and strategic concepts that involve individual and team performance (e.g., teach younger students how to move into open spaces in keep-away type games; teach classmates how to perform a skill in an area of personal expertise).

Modified Indicator:

a.       Practice sending and receiving a Frisbee with a partner or two classmates.

b.      Discuss and apply the various concepts involved in Ultimate Frisbee. (Ex. Keeping position, interjection, defensive positioning, support for the person with the Frisbee, locomotion, how many steps you can take with the Frisbee, etc.).

c.       Communicate, with clarity and correctness, and practice offensive and defensive tactics and strategies that reflect the performance concepts to be used as a team while participating in ultimate Frisbee.

d.      Practice performance concepts and tactical decisions related to Frisbee. (e.g., wrist action while throwing a Frisbee. Forward or backhanded).

e.       Work on strategic concepts that involve individual and team performance in Ultimate Frisbee.

Key Understandings: (I Can Statements)

* Send and receive a Frisbee with skill to and from a partner/classmate.

* Discuss and apply the various types of concepts involved in Ultimate Frisbee (Ex. I know how to have defensive positioning. I can send a Frisbee in more than one way).

* Communicate and practice offensive and defensive tactics and strategies as a team in Ultimate Frisbee.

* Make tactical decisions related to Frisbee (Throw a Frisbee to a teammate that is open, rather than blocked by a defensive classmate, pivoting, faking, intercepting).

* Develop strategic concepts that involve individual and team performance in Ultimate Frisbee.

Essential Questions:

1. Why are the concepts, strategies, and tactics of Ultimate Frisbee important to learn?

2. How would you use strategies to get the greatest advantage over your opponent?

3. How could you use these concepts, tactics and strategies in everyday life?

4. How do we communicate effectively with others?

5. How/why can modifications be made to existing rules, tactics and skills for more enjoyment?

6. How do strategies change depending on what is happening in the game? How does context impact tactics and strategies?

7. How are offense and defense connected?

Stage 2: Determine Evidence for Assessing Learning
–          While teaching the lesson, observe and watch for the students’ ability or improvement in their skill of sending and receiving a Frisbee. (Watch to see if they throw the Frisbee with different hands or in different ways.)

–          Watch for proper form for sending and receiving a Frisbee.

–          Watch to see if the students are including their teammates and making a strategic plan to gain ground while playing Ultimate Frisbee.

–          Watch for general effort and participation from all of the students. Try to encourage them to all participate and share the Frisbee with their teammates.

Stage 3: Build Learning Plan
Set (Warm-up, Focusing the learning):      Time: 3-5 Mins

Say: Last class we learned about invasion games and played one with beanbags. Today, we are going to be working our way closer to playing Ultimate Frisbee.

 Ask: What are some strategies or concepts that we can use when playing Ultimate Frisbee? (Ex. Defensive or offensive positioning, communication, interjection, staying open for a teammate to pass to you, pivoting or faking, throwing with a different hand/non dominant to get around another player, levels-low, medium or high, pathways-curved or zigzag, etc.) How can we use these concepts, tactics and strategies in everyday life? (ex. Sports, teamwork, communication, staying active, etc.).

Say: Today we are working on developing our skills so that we can play a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We are going to start with a few exercises first, like we did last week and then if we have time, we will play a short game of Ultimate Frisbee.

 Development:                                              Time: 20 Mins

Practice Throwing Without a Frisbee (5 Mins)

Get the students to line up in the middle of the gym so that they are standing across the gym facing the wall. Show them the proper form of how to throw a Frisbee. Show them that you step forward with the same leg and you are throwing the Frisbee with. Then get them to practice, without a Frisbee, throwing a Frisbee with their right and left hands while taking a step forward (Throwing with right hand = right foot forward). Get them to walk across half of the gym to the wall.

Get the students to walk back to the middle of the gym by trying to throw a backhanded throw. Show that you step forward with the opposite foot than what hand you are throwing with. (Throwing with right hand = left foot forward).

Repeat either of these skills if necessary (If students are struggling to get the concept).

Practice Throwing a Frisbee to a Partner (5 Mins)

Get the students to get into partners by either numbering them or letting them choose their partners. Let them stand across from their partners facing each other in the middle of the gym. One person in each pair should have a Frisbee. Get all of the Frisbees to start on one side.

Explain that the students that they get to focus on aiming to pass their Frisbee to their partner. They also get to practice catching the Frisbee. Demonstrate how to catch a Frisbee with one or two hands.

So each time a pair successfully sends & catches their Frisbee twice (once each), they both get to take a step back. Then they continue to pass their Frisbee to their partner and take a step back when they catch it twice in a row. If they drop the Frisbee twice in a row, they must both take a step forward and then continue throwing the Frisbee to each other and moving farther apart every time they successfully catch the Frisbee twice.

Once you think that the students have progressed in their skill, you can move on. If they are not ready, they can keep trying this skill.

Explain and Play: Ultimate Frisbee (10 mins)

Split the class into two teams. Split them by numbering them either one or two. One team will wear pinnies to distinguish that they are one team. The other team will not have pinnies and that will distinguish them as a team.


–          The goal of the game is to work together as a team by passing the Frisbee to your teammates to get the Frisbee caught in the end zone (past the basketball court line).

–          For example, team A will start with possession of the Frisbee, and will pass to a different teammate in any direction, but most likely towards their end zone.

–          The person with the Frisbee will have 5 seconds to throw the Frisbee or the other team will gain possession.

–          If team A does not catch the Frisbee or their pass is intercepted, Team B gains possession.

–          If the Frisbee is thrown out of bounds (outside of the basketball court), then the other team gains possession.

–          If you have possession of the Frisbee, you cannot run with the Frisbee (That is called Travelling). Only pivoting is allowed.

–          This is not a physical contact game, but you can intercept a pass by catching it or bumping it down.

–          Change of Possession also occurs when: Five seconds is up before the disc was thrown. The disc is handed from one player to another without being thrown. The thrower catches their own throw without the disc being touched by anyone else. The offensive team tries to catch the Frisbee from a teammate, but drops it.

–          Once a Team catches the Frisbee past the end zone, they gain one point and the other team gains possession. Play continues.

–          Make sure students know they cannot pass the Frisbee back and forth between the same people to gain ground. If they do, they loose possession of the Frisbee.

Learning Closure:                       Time: 3 Mins

Gather the Frisbees and get the students to make a circle in the middle of the Gym with at least 3 minutes before class ends.

Ask: What worked well in this game compared to last week? What did you like about Ultimate Frisbee? Why are the concepts, strategies, and tactics of Ultimate Frisbee important to learn? (They are transferable to other invasion games like basketball, hockey, soccer, etc.).


–          12 Frisbees (enough for class to have one Frisbee for each group of two)

–          12 Pinnies (For half of the class to form one team).

Management Strategies:

–          Explain to the students that it is important to be actively listening to instructions and following them, so that they can be prepared to play the game of Ultimate Frisbee during the second half of the class.

–          If the students are too loud, get their attention by clapping a pattern that they are supposed to repeat. Repeat the pattern until they are all quiet. Then continue with the lesson.

–          If it is hard for your students to hear you, get them to huddle up around you before you give them the task.

Safety Considerations:

–          Make sure the students are aware of their personal space and their movements/actions while others are close to them.

–          Make sure students do not accidently hit the other students while they are sending and receiving their Frisbees.

–          Make sure students know that this is not a physical contact sport. Pushing or shoving is not allowed.

Possible Adaptations/ Differentiation:

–          Students can switch partners if they wish during the partner activity. They may not want to keep practicing with the same partner the whole time, but as the teacher, you are the one who allows the whole class to switch partners half way through, if they want to.

–          If there is an odd number of students, there can be a group of three while they practice sending and receiving a Frisbee.

–          If the students are not ready to move onto a game of Ultimate Frisbee, you can give them more time to focus on passing a Frisbee to their partners.

–          You can have two games of Ultimate Frisbee going on at the same time. This way, they will have half the gym to move around and get the Frisbee to the other side, rather than the full gym.