Created by: John Strong, Nichole Wilder
Special Contributions: Charla Krahnke, Aaron Hart, Andrea Hart, Eliza Kuhn

This module is intended to be a 15-day Sport Education season with 6 teams that remain the same for the entire season. This allows for student-led experiences and leadership opportunities instead of traditional teacher-led instruction. It introduces students to all aspects of Basketball and allows students to share in the planning and leadership of the season.

What makes the Basketball Module unique is the infusion of Purposeful Competition. This is a teaching model that provides students with opportunities to collaborate while embracing the role of competition viewed through the partnership lens. By inviting students to identify the purpose of the activities they will be participating in within physical education classes, they will have greater access to intrinsic motivation. And by welcoming competition at a level in line with their abilities, students can begin to embrace the necessity of competition in the process of becoming their best selves.

This module is designed to introduce the sport to new players while helping experienced players continue to develop their skills. The activities within this module develop leadership and reinforce responsible behaviors, while introducing basketball skills and tactics that may be new to some students. All participants are given the opportunity to explore their skills in a fun and engaging environment where all students can feel successful.

Module Documents

  • Complete Module Packet:

  • Module Overview:

  • Required Materials:

  • All Module Activities:

  • Block Plan & Lesson Maps:

  • Academic Language Cards:

  • Universal Design for Learning:

  • Fair Play Point System:

  • Etiquette Discussion Card:

  • Purposeful Competition Discussion Card:

  • Stages of Motor Learning Card:

  • Basketball Scrimmage Schedule:

  • Sport Psychologist Scenarios Card:

  • Round Robin Tournament Schedule:

  • Team Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Team Contract:

  • Sport Education Team Selection Process:

  • Officials Clinic Card:

  • USA Basketball Skills Videos:

Activity Plans

  • Footwork Warm-up:

  • Speed Dribble Relay:

  • W Dribble Defense:

  • Dribble Knockout:

  • Dribble Warm-up:

  • Partner Passing:

  • Ultimate Basketball:

  • Toss 3:

  • All-star Passing:

  • 3v3 Bounce Ball:

  • Form Shooting Warm-up:

  • Create a Drill:

  • Lay-up Lines Warm-up:

  • 2v1 Catch and Shoot:

  • 3v2 Catch and Shoot:

  • 3v3:

  • Triangle Boxout:

  • Triangle Rebounding:

Challenge Cards

  • Footwork Warm-up Challenge Card:

  • Dribble Warm-up Challenge Card:

  • Speed Dribble Relay Challenge Card:

  • Lay-up Lines Warm-up Challenge Card:

  • Form Shooting Warm-up Challenge Card:


  • Holistic Performance Rubric:

  • Academic Language Quiz:

  • Officiating Assessment:

  • Event Planning Guide:

  • Create a Drill Worksheet:

  • Team Roles Rubric:

Teacher Reflection

  • Teacher Self-Reflection Guide:

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OPEN Priority Outcomes:


  • (Grades 9-12) Exhibits proper etiquette, respect for others, and teamwork while engaging in physical activity and/or social dance.

Manipulative Skills:

  • (Grades 9-12) Demonstrates competency and/or refines activity-specific movement skills in two or more lifetime activities.

Movement Concepts:

  • (Grades 9-12) Uses movement concepts and principles to analyze and improve performance of self and others in a selected skill.

Personal Challenge:

  • (Grades 9-12) Chooses an appropriate level of challenge to experience success and a desire to participate in self-selected physical activity while working toward personal fitness goals.

Personal Responsibility & Safety:

  • (Grades 9-12) Applies best practices for participating safely in physical activity, exercise, and dance (e.g., injury prevention, proper alignment, hydration, use of equipment, implementation of rules, sun protection).

Social Interaction:

  • (Grades 9-12) Identifies and evaluates the opportunity for social interaction and social support in self-selected physical activities.

Working with Others:

  • (Grades 9-12) Uses communication skills and strategies that promote positive team/group dynamics.

Purposeful Competition Priority Outcomes:

Association of Competition with Partnership:

  • (Grades 9-12) Distinguish the self-selection of tasks with greater levels of difficulty, or more highly skilled opponents/partners, as purposeful movement towards excellence.
  • (Grades 9-12) Critique the practice of “gaming the officials” as not connected to their improved play, nor fair to their opponent/partner.

Association of Failed Attempts with Future Successes:

  • (Grades 9-12) Create higher level tasks to overcome challenge, rather than easily attained victories, in recognition that losses will provide many opportunities to see greater development and lead to growth.
  • (Grades 9-12) Identify the importance of fair and consistent officiating/rule following in a competitive environment in order to differentiate errors accurately for future improvement.
  • (Grades 9-12) Evaluate and target historically less competent or proficient skills for improvement through continued trial and error.

Inclusion of Purpose in All Relevant Activities:

  • (Grades 9-12) Differentiate how higher levels of competition and challenge present greater purpose in the pursuit of excellence.
  • (Grades 9-12) Design pathways to intentionally pursue the purpose of improving less secure social, affective, cognitive, and psychomotor skills.

Association of Purpose Including the Community:

  • (Grades 9-12) Evaluate the benefit of engaging/challenging new members of the community in pursuit of purpose.