Author:
Katie Neal
Subject:
Physical Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
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  • Lesson Plan
  • PE
  • Physical Education
  • Pickleball
  • Skill Games
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    Pickleball Skill Games Lesson Plan

    Pickleball Skill Games Lesson Plan

    Overview

    This lesson plan will help educators teach their students the basic ball striking skills of pickleball in skill games. Students will participate in teams and learn the importance of physical health.

    Summary

    Author: Paul Stanger

    Subject: Pickleball skill games

    Grade Level: High school

    Background for Teachers

    Equipment Needed: 

    • Projector, Screen and Computer with video prepared

    • Stations are drawn on the whiteboard

    • Gator balls

    • Foam paddles 

    • Pickleball paddles and balls

    • Marked spaces representing service line and boxes

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Core Standards: 

    Standard 1.1.1

    Hop, gallop, jog and slide, using a mature pattern.

    Standard 1.1.14

    Volley an object with an open palm, sending it upward.

    Standard 1.1.15

    Strike a ball with a short-handled implement, sending it upward.

    Standard 1.3.1

    Discuss the benefits of being active and exercising.

    Standard 1.3.2

    Actively engage in physical activity during class.

    Standard 1.4.1

    Accept personal responsibility by using equipment and space appropriately.

    Standard 1.4.2

    Follow rules and parameters of the learning environment.

    Standard 1.4.3

    Accept personal feedback from the teacher.

    Standard 1.4.4

    Work independently and with others in a variety of class environments.

    Standard 1.4.5

    Follow procedures for class activities.

    Standard 1.4.6

    Follow directions for safe participation and proper use of equipment without teacher reminders.

    Standard 1.5.1

    Identify physical activity as a component of good health.

    Standard 1.5.2

    Recognize that challenges in physical activity can lead to success.

    Standard 1.5.3

    Describe positive feelings and personal reasons for enjoying physical activity.

    Standard 1.5.4

    Discuss the enjoyment of participating in activities with others.

    Objectives: 

    Students will be able to demonstrate the basic ball striking skills of pickleball during pickleball skill games.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Adaptations: 

    Students in wheelchairs:

    Continue with a balloon and foam paddle. Partner with a student who can retrieve the balloon.

    Visually impaired students:

    Use a jingle ball with a hand, foam paddle, or pickleball paddle. There’s a bell inside the ball, so every movement triggers loud ringing sounds for auditory feedback.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    Warm-up:

    • Two-minute jog

    • Arm and leg stretch 

    • Describe gator ball activity (2 minutes)

      • Pick your own partner

      • One gator ball per pair of students

      • Use dominant hand, palm up

      • Volley against the wall, let it bounce once, and repeat

      • Trade with partner every time the ball bounces twice

    • Describe foam paddle activity (5 minutes)

      • Same as gator ball using one paddle per pair of students

      • Use dominant hand to hit up on the gator ball with foam paddle 

      • Volley ball against the wall, let it bounce once, and repeat

      • Trade with partner every time the ball bounces twice

    • Watch instructional video as a class: Flaghouse Activity Channel

    Pre Assessment to determine student understanding:

    During gator ball games place students into three groups:

    • Highly Skilled: Practice serves game, no net
    • Middle Skilled: Practice hitting against the wall game
    • Low Skilled: Practice hitting up after one bounce game

    Group each individual based on pre assessment: 

    Highly skilled: Practice hitting serves game

    • Get two paddles (rotate through students)

    • One ball per student

    • Line up at the service line eight feet from active server

    • Teacher demonstrate correct serve technique

    • Take turns making serves

    • Retrieve your ball and get back in line

    • Goal: 3 consecutive serves in the service box

    Middle Skilled: Practice hitting against the wall game

    • Get one paddle and one ball for each student

    • Line up along the wall in designated zones (8 feet apart)

    • Hit up on the pickleball toward the wall

    • Let it bounce on the ground once and repeat

    • Goal: 3 consecutive hits without the ball bouncing twice

     Low Skilled: Practice hitting up after one bounce game

    • Get one paddle and one ball for each student

    • Line up in the designated zone

    • Hit up on the pickleball 

    • Let it bounce on the ground once and repeat

    • Goal: 3 consecutive hits without the ball bouncing twice

    Discuss physical activity as a component of good health:

    • Take volunteers ideas

    • Propose teacher ideas

    • Encourage a journal entry of ideas presented

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Post assessment: 

    During Skill Games:

    Highly skilled: Serve into service box 3 consecutive times

    Middle Skilled: Hit against the wall 3 consecutive times

    Low Skilled: Hit up after one bounce 3 consecutive times