Underhand throw

Lesson Topic:

Underhand Throwing

Lesson Description:

The lesson plan will show options for students to practice their underhand throw. This can be a multiple day lesson plan.

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

The student will correctly demonstrate an underhand throwing pattern.

Nebraska Standards:

PE.2.1.3 Performs manipulative skills in a variety of environments.

 PE.2.1.3.a Throws underhand using a mature pattern. (M)

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

hula hoops, fleece balls, small foam balls, bean bags

Time Required for Lesson: 30 mins per day


Technology Use:

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Instructional Plan:

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Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

Go over correct underhand throwing pattern. It is beneficial to also relate and compare this to an overhand throw. What is the same, what is different? Demonstrate to the group. Before releasing students to work on their own would be good to have each student have a bean bag and have class go through each step with you a few times.

Correct underhand throwing pattern

Face target
Bring arm back – turn slightly
Step with opposite foot
Release the object below the waist
Follow through with arm straight to target

Thrower working alone
Students will have two bean bags. Object is to try to get their bean bag in the hula hoop by using and underhand throw.   Retrieve the bean bags and try again.

 As class proceeds, you can move the further away from hula hoop to challenge the thrower..

Thrower working with a partner
Students will work with partners – each person will have two bean bags. Taking turns students try to get their bean bag in the different hoops or targets with different point values by using an underhand toss. Can also increase distance to offer more challenge. Students can try to keep score to work on addition. 

Tossing with a scoop underhand

Students will work with partners tossing underhand and trying to catch the ball with their scoop.

 As class proceeds, you can move them further away if they are able to complete the task


Ask students to think of what activities you would use an underhand throw or a similar actions (bowling, underhand serve in volleyball). 

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Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

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