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Here are four steps to a successful overhand throw and a game to practice them with

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – Four Steps to a Successful Overhand Throw
By – Jason Moody
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K-5

Standards Addressed:

    SC Standards – 1,2,5,6,7

General Goal(s):

    The student will demonstrate a correct overhand throw.

Objectives:

      Observe the steps to a good throw:
      1. Side to Target

      2. Weight on back foot with arm in a “Lazy L” shape

      3. Transfer weight to front food with good step and waist rotation (

keep arm back

      )

    4. Follow through

Required Materials:

  • milk crates,
  • tennis balls ( 5+ per student is best ),
  • table/bleachers ( anything that the crate can stand on and get knocked off of )

Activity:

    It is important to require the students to throw hard to get the correct form. To do this, you need an activity that requires less accuracy and more power.

Step-By-Step Procedures to Activity:

  • Divide the class into equal teams of 3-5 students.
  • In relay form, have the students face a milk crate.
  • Each person in the front of the line throws a tennis ball as hard as possible at the crate to knock if off the table. Set the students about 5-20 feet away ( 5 feet for Kindergarten, 20 feet for 5th graders ).
  • Each time a crate is knocked off the table, have the student that knocked it off set it back up and record a point on a board. The student can retrieve any ball that is scattered on the gym floor or get a new one if the ball they threw did not return to them. This keeps students away from the other throwers.

Conclusion:

    The students love this simple game. It is easy to set up, and the students throw hard and get plenty of throws.

Assessment:

      Teacher Observation (

check sheet with four keys to successful throw

    )

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