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Lesson Plan: Football - Social Studies

Subject:  Social Studies

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To learn about the history of football in America and answer questions about what has been learned

Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1- Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.




  • Where do you think football came from?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Learning about where things, like different sports, come from can be really interesting. 
  • We don’t usually think about where things come from, we just enjoy them.  Learning about where something comes from, can help us understand that thing better.
  • What is something that you would like to learn more about so that you can better understand it?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Today, you are going to be learning more about football and where it came from.
  • All sports that people play were invented by someone.  Football is a sport that has only been in America for 150 years.
  • In America, the sport that we call football is really called gridiron football.  It is like rugby and soccer.
  • You are going to read about how football started to be played in America.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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