Underhand Throw (1st grade lesson plan)

Physical Education unit consisting of three coordinating lesson plans

 

Lesson Plan Title

Underhand Throw – Demonstration and Bowling

Course

1st grade Physical Education

Total Class Time

30 minutes

Objective(s) the students will be able to:

  • Throw underhand at a target within their personal space.
  • Step with opposition, bring arm back, and release the ball underhanded in front of them.
  • Practice spatial awareness and ball control.

Standard(s)

Demonstrate Level 2 performance in: spatial awareness, effort, underhand throw

Equipment Needed

  • CD player and music
  • Bowling pins
  • Bowling balls

Warm-up

5 minutes (use this time to set up equipment)

  • Students will jog around the track while the music plays.
  • Students will swing their arms with purpose as they run, focusing on the rhythmic swinging that will later on mirror the swing of the underhand throw.
  • When the music stops, students will line up on the track sideline.

Lesson introduction/details, cues, etc.

5 minutes

  • “I will go over the cues for throwing the ball underhand at the target.”
  • Demonstrate the proper stance for standing in the “ready to throw” position, opposite the target.  Demonstrate swinging the arm way back, stepping with the opposite foot, then releasing the bean bag out in front.

 

Skill/Activity Practice

15 minutes

  • Divide the students into five groups.  Create five “lanes” with bowling pins at one end.
  • Students will each take a turn in their groups to underhand throw the bowling ball.  They get two throws each turn (like with actual bowling).
  • One student should be at the opposite end to pick up pins and return the ball – ball must be returned also with underhand throw.
  • Students must practice spatial awareness and ball control due to the ability of the balls to go astray.

Closing

5 minutes

Reiterate the demonstration of the appropriate stance for underhand throwing and controlling the ball.  Have students return equipment to the equipment area.

 


 

Lesson Plan Title

Underhand Throw – Throw the Yard

Course

1st grade Physical Education

Total Class Time

30 minutes

Objective(s) the students will be able to:

  • Throw underhand at a target within their personal space.
  • Step with opposition, bring arm back, and release the ball underhanded in front of them.
  • Practice spatial awareness.

Standard(s)

Demonstrate Level 2 performance in: spatial awareness, effort, underhand throw

Equipment Needed

  • CD player and music
  • Several bean bags (the more the better!)
  • 4 hula hoops

Warm-up

5 minutes (use this time to set up equipment)

  • Students will jog around the track while the music plays.
  • Students will swing their arms with purpose as they run, focusing on the rhythmic swinging that will later on mirror the swing of the underhand throw.
  • When the music stops, students will line up on the track sideline.

 

Lesson introduction/details, cues, etc.

5 minutes

  • “Let’s review how to underhand throw.”  Demonstrate.
  • Discuss the rules for “Throw the Yard” game.  Students will be underhand throwing bean bags into other teams’ “yards.”  If they see a bean bag on the ground in their “yard,” they may pick it up and throw it into the neighbor’s yard (hula hoop).

 

Skill/Activity Practice

15 minutes

  • Divide the students into four groups; also, divide the gym floor into four quadrants.  Each quadrant will have one hula hoop at its center.
  • Students will be underhand throwing into their neighbors’ yards.  They must get their bean bags into the other teams’ hula hoops without leaving their own yard.  The goal is to have the least number of bean bags in their own hula hoops.
  • They cannot take bean bags out of the hula hoops that other teams have successfully thrown into their hula hoops.  They cannot overhand throw or purposefully hit another player.  These violations will call for removal from the game.

 

Closing

5 minutes

Reiterate the demonstration of the appropriate stance for underhand throwing and controlling the ball.  Have students return equipment to equipment area.

 


 

Lesson Plan Title

Underhand Throw – Hopscotch

Course

1st grade Physical Education

Total Class Time

30 minutes

Objective(s) the students will be able to:

  • Throw underhand at a target within their personal space.
  • Step with opposition, bring arm back, and release the ball underhanded in front of them.
  • Practice spatial awareness, balance, and the locomotor skill of hopping.

Standard(s)

Demonstrate Level 2 performance in: spatial awareness, effort, underhand throw

Equipment Needed

  • CD player and music
  • Chalk
  • 25 bean bags (one per child)

Preparation

Do this activity on a nice day where you can take students outside to the black top.  Pre-draw several hopscotch courses.

Warm-up

5 minutes (use this time to set up equipment)

  • Students will jog around the track while the music plays.
  • Students will swing their arms with purpose as they run, focusing on the rhythmic swinging that will later on mirror the swing of the underhand throw.
  • When the music stops, students will line up on the track sideline.

Lesson introduction/details, cues, etc.

5 minutes

  • “Let’s review how to underhand throw.”  Demonstrate.
  • Take the students outside and discuss the rules of hopscotch.  Demonstrate how to carefully aim and underhand throw to get the “spot” you want on the hopscotch course.

Skill/Activity Practice

15 minutes

  • Divide the students into four hopscotch teams.  Each team will have their own hopscotch course.  Each student will have their own bean bag to underhand throw on their hopscotch course.
  • Students will throw their bean bags on the course, one by one, in an underhand throw.  The spot on the course that the bean bag lands on, the student must not hop on that spot.  They will hop on one foot through the course, then upon returning, attempt to pick up their bean bag (and then may hop on that spot).

Closing

5 minutes

Reiterate the demonstration of the appropriate stance for underhand throwing and controlling the ball.  Have students return equipment to equipment area.

 

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