Second Grade – Flag Football Unit

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Lesson 1

THROWING & CATCHING REVIEW (USE ROUND BALLS – not footballs): Part 1 – Warm up with a flag game called “Running Back Frenzy”. Part 2 –Throwing & Catching Stations. Begin with a verbal review of the points of throwing and catching. Refer to the kindergarten lessons if you feel your class needs a review lesson for either skill. Part 3 – Some of these stations should be done with a partner. Set up at least six stations with various types of targets. Hoops, buckets, water bottles, Cereal Boxes, many things can be used and combined to make a cool target obstacle course. Have at least six stations that work with catching as well. You can use whiffle balls, yarn balls, or beanbags. With a total of twelve stations, you can allow them either one or two minutes at each station, depending how long your lessons are.

Lesson 2

FOOTBALL THROW: Part 1 – Warm Up with a dodging game. Part 2 – Be sure to TEACH the skill, either command or questions. Give each student his or her own ball, along with a hoop. Throw at a wall or fence individually. Once all can throw the football, teach them the technique to catching a football. Part 3 – Can be as simple as throwing and catching with a partner, keeping track of how many times they can catch the ball. Have them try playing catch with at least three different partners. (At three different times, not all at once!)

Lesson 3

THROW TO A MOVING TARGET: Part 1 – Warm up with a fitness station work out. Part 2 – Review throwing/catching a football. Play catch with a partner. Teach the concept of passing to a moving target. What do you aim for as you are passing to a partner who is moving? Why don’t you aim for your partner? Part 3: A game that encourages the students to pass to a moving target. This should NOT include any other skills of football except throwing and catching. This should be done in partners or groups of three only.

Lesson 4

COOPERATION GAMES: Part 1 – Warm up with one of the games you played last lesson. Part 2/3 – Play some games that promote cooperation. Games can include; Frozen Bean Bag, Ship Ahoy (also known as shipwreck) Back to Back, Face to Face, etc. There are also many cooperative activities in the fitness and playground games unit book.

Lesson 5

PATHWAYS AND RHYTHMS: Part 1 – Do a cooperation activity that you used last lesson. Part 2/3 – See lesson. This is a fun, different way to practice pathways. One of the part three’s in this lesson is a cooperation activity. This will reinforce the activity that you did last lesson with the students. One of the important aspects of this lesson is the opportunity for the students to be creative. The music for this lesson is on your creative player.

Lesson 6

CENTER & QUARTERBACK: Part 1 – Play one of the dodging games that you taught in first grade to warm up. Part 2 – Teach the positions, and their rolls. Introduce any rules that pertain to these positions, and the Teach the students how to snap or hike the ball. Using visual aids will be helpful when explaining what the positions are and where they play in relation to the field. Part 3 – Taking turns, Have one partner play quarterback and the other partner center and run out for a pass in groups of 2 only. Again, if time permits, have them try a variety of partners in part three.

Lesson 7

DODGING REVIEW: Part 1 – Review the skills involved in dodging and play a dodging game. Part 2 –. Introduce the position of Safety, In groups of 3, have a center/QB/defender. Have defender wait until the center runs out to catch the ball, then when the center is running as the receiver the defender tries to stop the receiver from catching the ball, if they catch the ball the defender can try to pull the receiver’s flag before they reach the goal! Be sure the players switch rolls each turn. Part 3 – Introduce Receiver, Rusher and Guard. Play 3v3 mini games with plays.

Lesson 8

SPUD: Part 1 – Set up a 12 Station Fitness Circuit. Part 2/3 – This game was taught as a partner activity in Kindergarten, if you have not taught it, TEACH this students how to play with groups of two following the Kindergarten plan and then for part three, move onto to small groups. If they have already learned, play the game in groups of three or four. During the lesson, allow them to change groups at least once so that they get a variety of people to play with.