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Lesson Plan #: AELP-SRF0202
Submitted by: Carl Ekern
Email: Brewers12@yahoo.com
School/University/Affiliation: University of Wisconsin
Endorsed by: Jeff Steffen
             University of Wisconsin

March 25, 2002

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5


  • Physical Education/Skill-Related Fitness

Duration: 30 minutes

Description: This lesson concentrates on the basketball chest pass and bounce pass.

Goals: National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards :

  • (1) Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.
  • (5) Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.


  • Students will be able to improve their proficiency in the skill of basketball passing.
  • Students will be able to perform passing skills using the proper cues of the chest pass and bounce pass.
  • Materials:

    • basketballs
    • poly spots (click here for a picture of a poly spot)
    • playing cards


    Begin by discussing and demonstrating the cues of the bounce pass and the chest pass.

    Chest Pass Cues (bend, extend, release):

  • Square body.
  • Thumbs against chest — elbows bent and out.
  • Step toward the target.
  • Extend arms — fully release ball to target.
  • Thumbs should now be pointed down.
  • Bounce Pass Cues:

  • Spread fingers along the sides of the ball.
  • Start the ball at chest level.
  • Keep knees bent.
  • Release the ball by extending arms downwards.
  • Upon release, turn palms outward toward floor.
  • Ball should contact ground two-thirds of the way to the receiving player.
  • Warm-up Activity:
    Set up two rows of poly spots in the gym. Have students find a poly spot; the person across from them will automatically be their partner. For a warm-up activity, have students do dribble jacks. One student will dribble in place, and the other partner will do a fitness activity (the teacher can have students alternate between jumping jacks, running in place, and push-ups). When the teacher signals bounce pass or chest pass, then the student dribbling will pass the ball to his partner. Conduct the warm-up activity for about 6 minutes.

    Card Sharks Basketball Passing:
    Students begin by lining up on the poly spots with their partners. Playing cards will be distributed to each partner group. For each card, partners will have to execute passes (red cards = chest pass; black cards = bounce pass). The number on the cards will indicate how many passes partners will have to execute. If a face card is selected, then students will need to do 15 passes. If an ace is selected, then students will do one pass. Conduct this activity for about 8 minutes. Passing Relay:
    Each student stands on a poly spot. Students will pass the ball starting at one end of the gym, from poly spot to poly spot, until it gets to the last poly spot. When the last person gets the pass, he/she will dribble to the front of the line. Then students will rotate to the next poly spot in line The race ends when the person at the front of the line is at the end of the line. Discuss safety rules before beginning the relay (eye contact before passing, receivers give targets, and pass at a safe speed). Teachers can vary the races as follows:

    • one race with chest pass
    • one race with bounce pass
    • one race alternating bounce and chest pass
    • one race with lay-up

    Assessment: At the end of class, review by asking the following questions:

  • Where should your thumbs be pointing after a chest pass or bounce pass? (downward)
  • Where should the ball bounce when executing a bounce pass? (two-thirds the way to your partner)
  • Before you pass, what should you make sure your partner is doing? (eye contact; targets)
  • Useful Internet Resources :
    * National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
    http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/template.cfm * PE Central