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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Catch Comparison
Catching and graphing skills
Purpose of Activity:
The children will compare the differences in catching four different pieces of equipment. The students will work in groups to practice catching the items. They will discuss which one was the easiest and hardest to catch. The class as a group will graph the results. The graphs can be posted in the gym.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
15 scarves; 15 small balls; 15 deck tennis rings;15 bean bags; student check lists and pencils for each group; poster paper made into a graph Physical activity: Catching
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

The class is divided into groups of two to practice their catching skills in different ways. Children should explore using an underhand toss, overhand toss and a side arm toss with the different pieces of equipment which include a bean bag, a scarf, a deck tennis ring and a small ball. Group discussion should include what differences were involved in catching each item. Compare what equipment used the same skill and what equipment used different skills (i.e. the deck tennis ring compared to a ball).

The children should explore how many times they can throw each item up and catch it without missing. Record the score on the check list. Add the total score with that of their partner's score, find the difference, etc. Children can use the back of the card to perform different math problems with the totals.

The class can graph the number of children who think each item is the easiest or hardest to catch. The class can also experiment with differences when the equipment is used outdoors(i.e. does the wind make a difference in catching scarfs, etc.)

Other math skills that can be used include talking about shapes, catching spheres, circles, soft objects, hard objects, etc.


Use larger pieces of equipment and combine groups

Ask children to predict which objects will be harder or easier to catch. On what do they base these predictions?

Compare both individual graphs and a summary graph. Discuss reasons for the differences.

Assessment Ideas:

Assess children on their catching skills using rubrics, catching cues or other devices (see assessment ideas in PEC).

Assess children on their math skills using different types of graphs.
Nancy McGregor who teaches at Centerville Elementary in Anderson , SC . Posted on PEC: 6/20/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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