Sports: Ultimate


Sports: Ultimate 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: Ultimate lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Sports: Ultimate 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 fun and active game of ultimate. 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. All you need for this lesson is a flying disc, such as a Frisbee.

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: Ultimate lesson plan contains three content pages. Have you ever gone outside on a nice spring day to throw a Frisbee around? Did you now there’s a professional sport using just flying discs? Today, we’re going to discover some fun history about this unique sport. Put your footballs down and get ready to toss some discs instead. It’s time to play ultimate!

It all started in 1970 when a group of college students at Rutgers University in New Jersey, led by John Smith and Sarah Johnson, decided to blend the fun of disc throwing with the strategic gameplay of football. They created a game where players toss flying discs, such as Frisbees, to teammates instead of throwing a regular football. Since then, it has become a beloved pastime, played in parks, school yards, and fields worldwide. It was originally called ultimate Frisbee, but Frisbee is a registered trademark of the Wham-O toy company. So they shortened it to just ultimate. You can also call it disc football.

Ultimate is popular worldwide, including in the USA, Brazil, and Japan. People set up games in parks, schools, and their own backyards, which shows how much they love playing it. There are leagues and tournaments for all ages, so anyone can join in and have fun. You can play with your friends in local leagues or compete in big tournaments like the World Cup. Ultimate brings people together and lets everyone join in on the fun!

The longest disc football throw ever recorded was achieved by Jack Smith on June 15, 2023. Jack, a seasoned ultimate player from California, launched the disc an incredible distance of 168 meters (551 feet) during a friendly competition in his local park. That’s nearly as long as two football fields from goal line to goal line! This remarkable accomplishment amazed spectators and set a new world record for the longest ultimate throw ever recorded.

Gear and Gameplay

To become a professional ultimate player, it takes dedication and practice. Pros train regularly, honing their throwing, catching, and strategic skills to perfection. They often start by joining local leagues and clubs, gaining experience and exposure to competitive play. As they improve, they may attend specialized camps and clinics to learn from experienced coaches and players. Pros also study game strategies and techniques and analyze past matches. With hard work and perseverance, players can climb the ranks to compete professionally.

To play disc football, you don’t need a lot of gear. You just need a flying disc and some comfortable clothes. Different kinds of discs exist, like ones for long passes and others for short throws. Oh, and don’t forget some good shoes! After all, you’ll be running around the field quite a bit trying to catch that flying disc!

Now, let’s learn the basics. Ultimate is played on a field with two teams. The goal is to score points by catching the disc in the end zone. This earns 6 points. Players must pass the disc to teammates. They cannot run with it themselves. They have five seconds to toss or throw the disc to another player. The other team gets possession if the disc hits the ground or is intercepted. The team with the most points at the end wins! Winners can receive lots of fun prizes in ultimate tournaments, such as shiny trophies, cash prizes, and possibly new discs.

When people play ultimate, they have unique words they use with their teammates. For example, they might say they “snagged” or “nailed” it when they make a great catch. And if the disc flies right where they want it, they might call it a “perfect spiral.”

Why Ultimate Is So Fun

What makes ultimate so much fun? For starters, it’s a fantastic way to get outside and be active with friends. Plus, it’s easy to learn but tricky to master. Every game is different, so you’ll always have new challenges to tackle. And there’s something incredibly satisfying about making that perfect catch in the end zone. Whether playing for fun with friends or competing in a tournament, players agree that ultimate is an absolute blast.

So, there you have it, future ultimate stars! Ultimate has a fascinating history, worldwide appeal, cool facts, and endless fun packed into every throw. Plus, it’s an excellent way to get some good exercise! So grab your flying disc, hit the field, and get ready to unleash your inner ultimate champion!


The Sports: Ultimate 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.


Students will get to see how they fare with the game itself for the activity! They will first read through the rules on the page. They are a little different from professional ultimate, so make sure students are aware of the changes. Enjoy!


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.