Physical Education
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Middle School
  • Basketball Unit
  • Lesson Plan
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    Basketball Skills

    Basketball Skills


    • This lesson plan is designed to teach students to throughly think through the skill sets required for basketball. It will test their understanding of the basketball unit and the skills taught. They will do this by creating an Adobe Express Project using multiple different photos. Their final product, which requires presentations to the entire class, will show if they understand the different skills and how to perform them. 

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    • Time Frame: 3 (60 minute) class periods with the 3rd day being a presentation day. 
    • Format: Can be done face-to-face or virtual. (I will be using face-to-face).
    • This is an end of the unit project designed for 8th grade students to showcase the fundamental basketball skills that students have learned during the unit. They will do so by showcasing what they know by taking photos doing whatever skill they are assigned. They will then use Adobe Express to create project type of their choosing showing "how to". They will design this lesson as though they are teaching someone who has never played basketball before.



    Background for Teachers

    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the fundamental basketball skills: dribbling, shooting, and passing. 
    • Teachers will also need to know how to use Adobe Express. (following link)
    • Teachers will need knowledge of how to take different photos using different angles/views as well as editing a photo. 
    • The following resources can help you teach this topic.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to successfully demonstrate how to pass, dribble, or shoot a basketball.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will work in partners by one partner demonstrating the skill and the other taking the photo of demonstration. Students will take turns so that both are getting an opportunity to do the skill and take the photo. Students will then put those photos onto a Adobe Express project that they can present to the entire class 

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Materials Needed:

    • iPad for each partnership. Make sure the apps Camera, iPhoto, and Adobe Express is activated on each iPad. 
    • Basketball for each group
    • Basketball Hoop


    • Gymnasium with a basketball hoop.

    Student Background Knowledge:

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to:
      • Shoot a basketball
      • Dribble a basketball
      • Pass a basketball
        • All of these skill will have been previously taught and demonstrated as part of the Basketball unit. 
      • Navigate Adobe Express. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners:

    • This is a great lesson for diverse learners because it is using multiple modalities by visually demonstrating, listening to skills explained, physically performing the skill, using the iPad to create a Adobe Express project of the specific skill. 

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    Begin the lesson with an overview of each skill:


    • B-Balance- Make sure your feet are shoulder width apart evenly across from each other with knees slightly bent.
    • E- Eyes- Look at back of the rim (where you want to aim). Ask students what would happen if you look and aim for the front of the rim. (answer-ball will hit off front of rim and come back to you)
    • E-Elbow- Elbow is in directly below ball that is slightly above your shoulder.
    • F-Follow through- Flick wrist, middle finger should be pointed to ground when finished shooting- guide hand stays on side of ball and does not effect direction of ball. 


    • Dribble with the fingerpads on your fingers, not your palm. (show students where the fingerpads are located on your hand).
    • Keep the ball and waist level. (show students how out of control the ball gets if you dribble really high or really low).
    • Keep your eyes up. The reason for keeping your eyes up is so that you can see where you are going. If you are looking at the ground/ball you can't see. 
      • When first learning to dribble, stay in place. as you become more experienced you can start moving around. 

    Passing: (Show youtube video explain the different passes we have previously gone over)

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    When the review is complete. assign student partnerships either passing, dribbling, or shooting to use as their skill. Keep the review of the skills on the board for students to refer to. 

    Assign each partnership (having more skilled students with less skilled). Once each partnership is paired, assign a skill to each one. Explain the project requirements as follows:

    • You must make an Adobe Express project (scroll through adobe express and choose which item you want to use). Make sure that it demonstrate each individual part of the skill set you were assigned. You must think of your own ways to remember and demonstrate each skill. For Example-you are not allowed to use the acronym BEEF. Think of your own way to remember the skill and the steps. 
    • Each partner must physically be in the pictures demonstrating the skills. I suggest taking all of your demonstration photos and then putting them all together on Adobe Express. 
    • You must use your own original photos. (Use this moment to explain Copy Right and why it is important to use your own images to be a good digital citizien.)
    • You will have 2 class periods to finish this project. 
    • On our 3rd class period, you will present your Adobe Express project to the entire class- this will be your final assessment/test. Provide each student with a grading rubric.
    • Go over grading rubric.
    • You will also be grading your partner to show how well you think your partner particpated/contributed to the project. So please help and equally contribute to the project. It will make things a lot easier. 

    Resources used for basketball skill explanation:

    Brum, M., Marcus, Mohr, J., Landers, B., Katie, Allbright, D., Toppeta, J., Dan, & Lund, C. (n.d.). Teaching basketball in PE, passing and shooting. The PE Specialist. Retrieved December 31, 2022, from

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    On the third day, students will present their Adobe Express projects to the class. This will be their "Final Assessment/Test" for the Basketball unit. They will be graded based on the provided rubric. Once each group has presented their project- they will each then write down on a blank piece of paper on how well they feel their partner particpated and why. Tell them to grade their partner 1, 2, or 3. 3 being the highest score showing equal participation and 1 being the lowest. They will turn that paper into the teacher on their way out of class.