Lesson Plan Title : Basketball Vocabulary

Age Range: Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Elementary Level)

Overview and Purpose : Coupling a basketball challenge with this vocabulary lesson will help make learning fun for your students!

Objective: The student will be able to

*correctly match the vocabulary word with its definition.

*shoot a mini-basketball into a trashcan or through a hoop.



Hoop or trashcan


Ahead of time, divide the vocabulary definitions into phrases and mark off three different distances from the basketball hoop. Divide the class into teams. Give one team the first part of the definition. If they correctly guess the vocabulary word, let one of the students try to make a basket from the closest line. If they do not guess correctly, give them the second part of the definition. If they then guess correctly, let one of them shoot from the second line. If they need the whole definition then the student must shoot from the farthest line. The team who scores the most points wins.


Vocabulary words are more easily remembered if they are used in context. Have students use the word in a sentence before they try to make a basket. If they use it correctly, double the points they receive.