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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Throwing and Catching Medley
Prerequisites:
All students should have had several lessons on throwing and catching that has included instruction on basic cues, throwing and catching at different levels, throwing and catching in stationary positions as well as on the move, throwing at targets, and catching objects of various sizes, shapes and weights.
Purpose of Activity:
Students will have an opportunity to practice their throwing and catching skills while reinforcing cues learned previously in class.
Suggested Grade Level:
3-5
Materials Needed:
A number of beanbags; nerf balls; gertie balls; playground balls; volley trainers; gatorskin balls; beachballs; whiffle balls; etc; Tape or CD and player for background music;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students find a partner. One partner is asked to stand up while the other partner sits down. The standing partner selects the first object to be used in the throwing and catching medley. The sitting partner finds a space out on the floor to work in. When everyone is ready, the music starts and the activity begins; everyone is actively engaged in throwing and catching with a partner.

When the music stops the partner without the object sits down. The partner with the object takes the object over to the equipment area and swaps it out for a different object. Students should be encouraged to do this quickly. After all partners are back at their space, the music begins again and the game resumes. Students should be able to use six or seven different objects of different size, shape, texture and weight.

Variations:

Vary objects as needed for students with disabilities.

Assessment Ideas:

During the activity you should assess the particular cue(s) you are working on by observing as you move around and provide feedback. Encourage students to make adjustments as needed to allow for high success rates.
Author:
Bill Mosley who teaches at The Westminster School in Atlanta, GA. Posted on PEC: 10/7/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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