Sports: Disc Golf


Sports: Disc Golf is a high-interest reading comprehension lesson that allows students to practice grade-appropriate reading comprehension, foundational reading, and reading fluency skills. These reading comprehension lessons are designed to be completed in one or two class settings.

Each lesson discusses a subject that students want to read about and that teachers will want to incorporate into their reading instruction. The lesson is appropriate as a whole-class, stand-alone lesson or as an independent small-group activity. Be sure to check if there is a Learn Bright video that goes with this lesson!

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What our Sports: Disc Golf lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Sports: Disc Golf is a high-interest reading comprehension lesson plan. As such, students will practice various close reading and comprehension skills. In addition, . This lesson is for students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For the activity, you’ll need a Frisbee or other flying disc (one per team) and buckets for outdoor play. If you plan to play indoors, get small, stiff paper or plastic plates and trashcans instead.

Teacher Notes

The paragraph on this page provides a little more information or guidance on what to expect from the lesson. It explains that you can teach this lesson in a whole-class setting or as an independent, small-group activity. You can use the blank lines to record any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.


History and Fame

The Sports: Disc Golf lesson plan contains two content pages. Have you ever tossed a flying disc, such as a Frisbee? Did you know several sports use flying discs? One of them combines flying discs with the sport of golf. This fairly new sport will make its debut at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Get ready to toss some discs and learn all about the super fun sport of disc golf!

Disc golf has a pretty cool history. It all started in the 1970s when some clever folks combined disc throwing with golf. They set up targets like metal baskets in parks and forests, and boom! Disc golf was born! Since then, it’s grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with courses popping up in parks all over the globe.

While it might not have the same fame as soccer or basketball, it’s still got an enormous following. That’s a big deal considering how young the sport is. People from the USA, Finland, Japan, and lots of other countries love hitting the courses and tossing those discs. In the United States, thousands of public parks have disc golf courses. And there are thousands of courses in over 40 countries. That’s a whole lot of disc-flinging fun!

Cool Facts

Did you know the world record for the longest flying disc throw is over 1,000 feet? That’s like throwing a Frisbee the length of three football fields! And here’s another fun fact: The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) hosts tournaments worldwide with thousands of competitors. The tournaments are similar to professional golf tournaments. Many golf courses have actually added disc golf courses next to the regular golf holes.

Pro disc golfers regularly compete in tournaments, sometimes every week! They travel all over the place to play in different tournaments. When it comes to prizes, these competitions aren’t just for fun. Some serious prizes are at stake! Winners can take home cool things like shiny trophies, stacks of cash, and even brand-new discs.

Gear and Gameplay

To play disc golf, you don’t need a ton of fancy gear. All you really need is a trusty disc. There are all kinds of discs to choose from, like drivers for long-distance throws, mid-range discs for accuracy, and putters for those tricky shots near the target. Oh, and don’t forget some comfortable clothes and good walking shoes! You’ll be trekking through parks and forests to reach those targets!

Now, let’s get down to the basics. Disc golf is played on a course with targets called holes. Instead of hitting a ball with a club as you do in regular golf, you toss a disc into a metal basket or a chain net. Scoring is a lot like regular golf, though. Each hole has a par, which is the number of throws it should take to get your disc into the target. If you get a score one under par, it is called a birdie. A score two under par is an eagle. And a hole in one is an ace. And just like in regular golf, the player with the lowest score at the end wins!

When people play disc golf, they use unique words with other players. For instance, when they throw the disc really far, they will say they crushed it or bombed it. And if the disc flies perfectly straight, they might call it a dead straight shot. Sometimes, when they throw the disc where they didn’t want it to go, they say they shanked it or hyzered it. It’s like they’re speaking a whole new language!

Why Disc Golf Is So Fun

What makes disc golf so awesome? Well, for starters, it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Plus, it’s easy to learn but challenging to master. Every course is different, so you’ll always face new obstacles. And there’s something super satisfying when watching your disc sail through the air and land right on the target. Whether playing with friends or competing in a tournament, disc golf is a blast from start to finish!

So, there you have it, future disc golf pros! Disc golf has a fun history, worldwide appeal, cool facts, and tons of fun packed into every throw. It’s a great sport to play with friends that doesn’t require much more than a Frisbee. So, grab your discs, hit the course, and get ready to unleash your inner disc golf champion!


The Sports: Disc Golf lesson plan includes two worksheets: an activity worksheet and a practice worksheet. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity, students will get to play a round of disc golf! You can set up a course indoors or outdoors. The worksheet lists instructions for both options. At the bottom of the page is a score card that students can use to keep score while they play.


The practice worksheet requires students to answer a series of 10 questions, plus one bonus question. These questions all relate to the content pages, so students will need to refer to them often for the answers. In addition, each question provides which reading tool the question corresponds to, such as text feature, vocabulary, or comprehension.

Worksheet Answer Keys

At the end of the lesson plan document is an answer key for the practice worksheet. The correct answers are all in red to make it easier for you to compare them with students’ responses. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies, High-Interest Reading

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.