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IV. Basketball Unit

Health/Physical Education                                             Jeff Miele




All grade levels:  Opening Exercises


      • Students enter the gym and go directly to their exercise spaces.
      • Various leg stretches
      • Warm-up activity – 45 sec. Timed relay run (cardiovascular endurance)




Activity:  Begin the Basketball unit






·        To provide a sound background for the skills of basketball.


·        To learn the elements of catching, bouncing, passing and dribbling


·        To learn the basic rules of the game.


·        To review and reinforce skills previously learned


·        To make the student more confident in basketball handling skills








§       To promote enjoyable regular physical activity.


§       To provide comprehensive physical fitness and activity assessments and reporting programs for students.


§       To develop affective, cognitive and behavioral components related to physical activity.


§       To have the student know that regular physical activity contributes to good health, function and well-being and is important throughout a person’s lifetime.






Week 1 – Skills 


Dribbling technique


                   Teacher explanation and demonstration


                   Students will demonstrate a series of ball control drills 


                     Health/P.E standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6




  • Dribble high
  • Dribble low
  • Dribble ball around the body without moving the feet
  • Left handed/right handed












  • Scooter Basketball
  • Students will dribble to the beat of the music Health/P.E standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6






Week 2 – Skills




            Running and moving with the basketball


            Teacher explanation and demonstration


            Various drills






  • Fingertip control
  • Knees bent
  • Heads up
  • Eyes straight ahead
  • Fingers spread
  • Changing directions at the whistle signal






  • Pin basketball
  • 2 point relay Health/P.E standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6








Week 3 - Skills


  • Shooting
  • Set shot
  • Jump shot






  • Knees slightly bent
  • Same foot forward as the shooting hand
  • Use a wrist fingertip action






  • Around The World
  • 5 point basketball Health/P.E standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6






Week 4 – Skills


·        Circuit training and skill evaluation








Students will take part in a series of skill evaluation exercises.  Students will travel from station to station performing the skill at each station. Health/P.E standard 10.3.3, 10.4.3, 10.3.6, 10.4.6






·        Timed obstacle dribble


·        Baskets per minute


·        Chest pass for distance and accuracy


·        Foul shooting


·        Dribbling


·        Lay –ups






  • Importance of turn taking
  • Responsibility and respect will be modeled at all times
  • Class time is to be used effectively
  • Time on Task






Materials and resources needed for the unit:




  • Gym area
  • Stereo
  • CDs
  • Basketballs
  • Score sheets
  • Cones
  • Scooters






Daily evaluations are made at the conclusion of each class period.


Scores are given for:


  • Participation
  • Sportspersonship
  • Cooperation
  • Attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Self-Responsibility




Adopt an Anchor


  • R3-6.B.2.   Interpretation and Analysis of Fictional and Nonfictional Text  Understand Literary Devices in Nonfictional Text


“Health News’ article




MC.1   Geometry


  • Analyze characteristics & properties of 2&3-dimensional geometric shapes & demonstrate understanding of geometric relationships.  


“Find A Shape/Make A Shape” in the gym