Sports: Ice Hockey


Sports: Ice Hockey 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: Ice Hockey lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Sports: Ice Hockey is a high-interest reading comprehension lesson plan. As such, students will practice various close reading and comprehension skills. In addition, they will learn about the cool sport of ice hockey. 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. There are quite a few supplies you’ll need for the activities. There are two to choose from, so you can decide to do one or both and prep accordingly.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page provides an extra paragraph of information to help guide 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 write down any other ideas or thoughts you have about the topic as you prepare.


History and Fame

The Sports: Ice Hockey lesson plan contains two content pages. Hey there, future ice hockey champs! Have you ever watched an ice hockey match? If so, you’d probably agree that these games get pretty intense! Today, we will dive into the cool world of ice hockey (no pun intended). Get ready to glide across the ice and learn some awesome stuff about this super popular sport!

Did you know ice hockey has been around for centuries? Yeah, it’s ancient! People played versions of ice hockey way back in the olden days. But the game we know today started in Canada in the 19th century. It was initially played outdoors on frozen ponds with sticks and a little round puck. As time went on, ice hockey grew and evolved into the fast-paced sport we know today. It even became an official Olympic sport in 1920!

Ice hockey isn’t just big in Canada anymore. Hockey games sell out arenas worldwide, from Canada to Russia to Sweden. And it’s not just about watching the sport because millions of people lace up their skates to play the game, too! It’s kind of like soccer in popularity but with ice and sticks. In fact, did you know that over 70 countries have national hockey teams? That’s a whole lot of love for the game!

Fun Facts

The Stanley Cup, the big shiny trophy they give to the best team, is over 100 years old. It’s been around longer than most of our great-grandparents! It is the only trophy in pro sports with the names of all the winning players, coaches, and staff engraved. Oh, and here’s another cool fact: The fastest recorded shot in hockey history zoomed at 108.8 miles per hour. For comparison, the fastest pitch by professional baseball pitchers is about 105 miles per hour. It leaves the pitcher’s hand and reaches the plate in less than a second!

During the playoffs, it’s a tradition for players to stop shaving until their team is eliminated or wins the championship. This quirky custom is believed to bring good luck and unite the team in solidarity. As the playoffs progress, you’ll see players with a lot of facial hair, from rugged stubble to bushy beards. It’s a fun tradition that adds a bit of personality and camaraderie to the playoff atmosphere. After all, there’s always room for a bit of superstition and fun, even in the heat of competition.

What You Will Need

To play ice hockey, you need special gear to keep you safe and ready for action. First and foremost, you have to lace up those skates. Without them, you’d be slipping and sliding all over the place! Next, you’ll need a sturdy helmet to protect your noggin from any accidental bumps or collisions on the ice. Safety is critical, so be sure your helmet fits snugly and has proper padding to cushion any impacts.

You will also need extra protection to shield your body from hard-hitting checks and shots. You wear pads on your shoulders, elbows, knees, and shins to absorb the impact and protect you from injury. And don’t forget about your hands! That’s where gloves come in. They’ll keep your fingers warm and cozy. Gloves provide grip and dexterity to handle the puck and stick precisely.

Speaking of sticks, all players use hockey sticks to pass, shoot, and control the puck. And let’s not forget about the goalie. Goalies wear even more gear to block those super-fast shots flying their way as fast as lightning bolts. Their gear looks like armor made of foam and plastic, with leg pads, a chest protector, a blocker, and a catcher to stop anything that comes their way. With the right gear, you are ready to hit the ice!

How to Play Ice Hockey

Now, let’s get down to the basics. A hockey game is played on a big icy field called a rink. It’s about one-third the square feet of the size of a football field, but it’s made of smooth, slippery ice instead of grass. There are six players on each team. They use sticks to hit a hard rubber puck into the other team’s net. There is a lot of contact as players skate, trying to control the puck. But wait, there are rules! No hitting from behind, no tripping, and definitely no using your hands (unless you’re the goalie—then it’s all good). Each game is divided into three periods. Each period lasts for 20 minutes. It’s a race against the clock to score as many goals as possible before time runs out!

Why It’s So Fun

What makes hockey so awesome? Well, for starters, it’s fast-paced. There’s never a dull moment when you’re zipping around the rink, chasing after the puck. Plus, there’s a real sense of teamwork. You and your teammates must work together to score goals and defend your net. Even if you’re not the fastest skater or the best shooter, there’s always a place for you on the team. Hockey is about having fun and giving it your all, regardless of skill level. So grab your gear and get ready to unleash your inner ice hockey hero!


The Sports: Ice Hockey 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.


There are two options for the activity. You can do one or both. For the first option, students will create hockey sticks out of pool noodles and, if you want, wire hangers to bend one end into a paddle shape. They will mark a room with tape to make field boundaries if playing inside and string if playing outside. Using a wiffle ball, students will play a friendly game of ice hockey, just not on ice!

For the other option, students will make a mini ice rink with a tin roasting pan, pipe cleaners, plastic spoons, buttons, and poster paper. They will follow the directions on the page to create their own ice rink by freezing water in the roasting pan. You may need to assist students in putting their trays of water in the freezer and taking them out.


The practice worksheet requires students to answer a series of 11 questions. 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.