8th Grade Football lead-up game

Lesson Topic:

Flag Football 21

Lesson Description:

This lesson is a way for students to practice their basic fundamentals in a game type situation.

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

The object of the game is to be the first team to score exactly twenty-one points.

Students will be able to throw a football with a mature pattern to a target.

 Students will be able to catch a football Students will be able move to get open Students will be able to defend a player or area

Nebraska Standards:

PE.8.1.2.a Throws with a mature pattern for distance, force, and speed in small-sided game play (e.g., softball, basketball, football, lacrosse, Frisbee).

PE.8.2.2.a Creates and reduces space using a variety of passes and offensive tactics during modified games (e.g., pivots, fakes, give and go).

PE.8.2.2.b Responds with appropriate locomotor movements while transitioning between offense and defense, communicating with teammates, and capitalizing on opportunities.

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

Footballs, flag belts, pinnies, cones

Time Required for Lesson:

30-40 minutes


Technology Use:

_____ YES               _x____NO

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Students will have learned and practiced basic fundamentals of football.

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

Students are working on cardiovascular endurance while playing the game.

Students may want to play at an intramural league as they get older.

Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

Warm Up:


Equipment:  music, stop watch, whistle

1.       Choose 4 exercises.  

2.       Class will do each exercise for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second rest.  

3.       Repeat sequence for a total of 4 minutes.

4.       This is a great warm up to hit all components of fitness.


Sample Work Out:


Curl Ups

Jumping Jacks

Push Ups


Flag Football 21

Use small fields

 Fields consist of four “zones”, (a no point zone, a 1 pt zone, a 2 pt zone, a 3 pt zone) and a line of scrimmage from which the offensive team begins.

Teams of 5 to 6 students

 The offensive team consists of a quarterback and pass receivers.

The defensive team consists of pass defenders and one pass rusher
The pass rusher must count slowly to five before s/he can rush the quarterback.

Start the game with a center snap to the quarterback.
The pass receivers run out into the scoring area.
The quarterback can pass to any of his/her receivers.
After each pass, the offensive and defensive teams switch places.
Each time a team returns to the offensive or defensive role, all team members must assume a different role; e.g., quarterback must become a receiver, pass rusher must become a pass defender.
If a team has twenty points and the next pass is caught in the two-point area, the team loses all points and starts at zero.


Bring students together at the end and talk about what skills we reviewed Remind students what defense and offense look like.

Assessment :

Could do a check list on throwing with a mature pattern, or catching the ball.

Supplemental Information:


Use a soft foam football for adaptive students

Make smaller groups

Safety Precautions:

Make sure students remember it is not tackle football.  Go over safety etiquette of games.

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

This can be done at any grade level with different modifications.

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