Kindergarten Week 17 Throwing Overhand





Week 17 Overhand Throw


Equipment Needed

Yarn Balls, Hoops, Pins, Targets, Control Cones, buckets

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate underhand throwing to a hoop.
  2. Demonstrate an overhand throw, stepping with the opposite foot.
  3. Play Safe.


  1. Verbally describe the points to throwing overhand.
  2. Verbally describe the points to throwing underhand.


  1. Have Fun.




Entrance Routine

Welcome, come in and stand in an own space.  

Part 1


Underhand Review and Warm up

10 minutes

Review the steps to throwing underhand.

Play Clean Up Your Backyard with underhand throwing.



Get a yarn ball and then stand in front of a target so that no one else is between you and your target.  

Part 2

New skill or concept

Throwing Overhand

10 minutes

Again start with a ball, throw at hoops or targets. Have each student find a target on a wall, or on a bench. This is a good time to use your hoops clipped to a fence if you can, or propped up against the wall (if possible on top of a bench.) Do not designate how far or close they should stand. Occasionally remind the class that if it is too easy, they can move farther back. If it too hard, you can move in closer. Use questions or tasks that guide the class to learning the overhand throw. After a few minutes of practice, you can ask if anyone in the class knows the name of this skill!

Remember, each question should be asked to the entire class, and then allow the class to work on the question before answering the question. During the time the students are working on the question the teacher should walk around and work with students individually. After a few minutes, stop the class and allow a few students to answer. If you know certain students have figured out the answer, allow them to be one of the students to answer the question. Be sure you get mostly correct answers. If you don’t, then you must find a way to reword the question so the students can work on it again. Be sure most of the students have the concept from the question before you move on to the next question.

Overhand Throwing [AT]

When you throw underhand, your arms swings below your shoulder. This time I want you to throw the ball at your target so that your arm swings above your shoulder.

(Once everyone is working on throwing to their target, all using an overhand motion, you can begin asking the class the following questions.)

Guided Discovery Questions:

  1. If you want the ball to go to your target, where should you look? (At the target)
  2. What should your throwing arm move towards as you throw the ball to your target? (Toward the target)
  3. Where should your weak foot step toward as you throw the ball to your target? (Toward the target)
  4. What can your shoulders and trunk do (explain what trunk is) to help give you more power and accuracy in your throw? (Rotate with the throw/step)
  5. In order to let your shoulders, help with the throw, which side of your body has to start the throw facing the target? (The weak side)
  6. Which surface of your body finishes the throw facing the target? (The front surface)
  7. How can you change how high or low you throw the ball? (Let go sooner/higher if you want the ball to go higher, and let go later/lower if you want the ball to go lower)


Have the target choices spread around the outside of the boundaries.  

Part 3


Throwing Overhand

10 – 20 Minutes

“When I say go, you have five seconds to sit back to back with a partner.” When I’m done talking, I want you and your partner to each get two or three targets and make a cool design of targets to throw overhand at.

Once your targets are set up, safely practice throwing overhand at them.

If there is enough time, let the students rotate around to the various target stations to practice throwing overhand.

As the students are working, walk around

checking out the cool arrangements of targets.


Put away the equipment and your yarn ball.  Get a mat that matches the color of your yarn ball and put it in an own space for stretches.  

Part 4

Stretching & closure

Taking it Home

Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.



Practice throwing and catching with someone from your family.  You can practice throwing overhand or underhand, or even alternating between both!