PreK Week 26 Ball Handling: Rolling a Ball


Lesson 26 Games – Rolling a Ball Underhand PPT





Rolling a Ball to a Target


Equipment Needed

Cones, spots, bean bags, yarn balls, pins or buckets, level cards, hoops, mats

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. Use an underhand motion to roll the ball at a target.
  2. Hit the target from at least two different distances.
  3. Look at the target when they roll the ball.
  4. Step with opposition to throwing hand.


  1. Describe the steps to rolling a ball to their target.


  1. Work safely among all the students and other equipment.
  2. Have Fun.





Entrance Routine
This entrance routine is specific to your school community.
Part 1


5 – 10 minutes

Levels Hunt

(To the children:)

After they are all standing next to a poly spot.

“Underneath each poly spot is a card that shows you an example of one of the three levels.  The other side of the card has the name of the level. When the music begins, you will look under the poly spot you are standing close to.  Travel in that level to a new poly spot.  When you get to the new poly spot, look under it to see what your new level is.  See if you can find out what is under every poly spot before the music stops. Keep going until the music stops.

Leave the bean bags in the hoops and get a ball and hoop.
Part 2

New skill or concept

10 Minutes

 [AT] Get a ball and a target and put them in an own space.  Take a step away from your target and then roll your ball at the target.  When you hit the target with the ball, set it back up on your poly spot.  See how many times you can hit the target rolling the ball before I say freeze.  Go.

Remind the class to be safe, look where they are running because everyone is going to be moving around the working space.

After everyone has a ball, target and own space. I will begin walking around watching them roll the ball to their target.

“Freeze.”  At this point I will ask the review questions about the points of throwing a ball underhand at a target.  I will use the questions from the underhand lesson.

Guided Discovery Rolling Questions:

Teaching Tips: 

Guided discovery questions.  These questions should be asked one at a time. After each question allow time for the children to physically practice while concentrating on the question.  With a small class of 12 or less, let the them continue practicing until all of the children are able to answer the question; as you work with them one on one.  While the children are working during this period, the teacher should walk among the class, asking the students if they have discovered the answer. Rephrasing the question may be necessary for those students who do not understand or cannot figure out the answer without a more specific guideline.  Before moving on to the next question, stop the class and discuss the answer with the class.  It is safest to choose children that you know have discovered the correct answer.  Once the children all have discovered the best answer, ask the next question and set them off to work again. 

1. What do you look at when you roll the ball at your target?  (Target)

Alternate: Look at your shoes when you roll the ball at the target.  Now look at the target when you roll the ball.  Which one works best?

Command:  Look at the target each time you roll the ball.

2. What does your throwing arm swing toward?  (Target)

Alternate: Swing your arm backwards (You will probably have to demonstrate this) and try rolling the ball to the target.  Now this time swing your arm toward the target.  Which one worked better?

Command: Each time you roll the ball to the target, swing your arm toward the target, so that your fingers point to the hoop.

3. What do you step toward with your opposite foot when you roll the ball at the target?  (Target)

Alternate: Step backwards (You will probably have to demonstrate this) and try rolling the ball to the target.  Now step toward the target.  Which one worked better?

Command: Each time you roll the ball to the target, step forward toward the hoop with your weak foot.

*At this point it is important to make sure the students know what the difference between weak and strong side of the body is. Strong side is the preference side i.e. right handed or left-handed. Weak side is the side that’s not so coordinated! This is when you can discuss the term “opposite”.

4. In order to get the ball to roll on the ground, what level should your body be in when you roll the ball?  (Medium)

When you are satisfied that you children are demonstrating, verbally and physically, the basics of underhand throwing, move to part III.

Put away your hoop and get a pin!
Part 3


10-15 Minutes

Pin target rolling

Have each student put their hoop away and get a pin or bucket.  Roll the ball to knock down your pin!

Body Part Ball Rolling

Teaching Tips:

Do this with the children to serve as a visual example for your English and visual learners.

(To the children:)

“Roll your ball on your body!  Sit with your legs out straight and roll your ball down to your toes and then back up to your stomach.  Can you roll the ball from your toes, up your leg, across your stomach and back down to the other foot!”

“Roll the ball around your middle, across your stomach and around your back.  Do you feel the ball roll on your abdominal muscles?”

“What other body parts can you roll the ball on or around?  Cool, roll the ball from one shoulder, across your chest to the other shoulder.  Start at your belly button and roll the ball up to your chin!”

Here and There Rolling

(To the children:)

“Look at your great own spaces.  There is lots of room between each of your own spaces.  When I say go, roll your ball through the open spaces in our room.  Travel with your ball.  Keep it close to you, and make sure it rolls where ever you go.  Keep moving, looking for open spaces to travel with your ball until you hear me say freeze.”

“Travel backwards (Forward and Sideways too.) while you roll your ball to open spaces.  Listen as I call out the different directions to travel while you roll your ball. “

Put away your equipment and get a mat. Put your mat in an own space for stretches.
Part 4

Stretching & closure

Taking it Home

5 Minutes

Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.



Additional Part 1 Activities

Letter Toss

Bean bags and balls with letters on them. (either tape or draw the letters of the alphabet on them if they don’t already come with the letters) Buckets or hoops, one for each letter; spread out around the boundaries.  Have one letter of the alphabet in or on each hoop or bucket.

The children will choose a bean bag from the center and then find the bucket/hoop with the matching letter.  They can toss or place the letter inside the target.  Use this time to assess letter recognition as the children work.

Additional Part 3 Activities

Clean Up Your Backyard (or your Bedroom!)

Use Rolling and the balls they have been using.  Discuss rolling the garbage to open spaces, both for safety and for strategy!

Divide the children in half.  One half should be on one side of the playing area and the other half on the other side of the playing field.  Have a line, cones or poly spots to divide the field into two halves.  You will need at least one yarn ball for each child playing the game.  The balls are garbage.  The garbage will be littering up the teams yards.  The object is for each team to clean up their back yard by rolling the garbage (balls) into the other team’s yard.  The teacher can designate the way the garbage must be disposed of.  (IE: Roll the ball backwards, Roll the ball sideways, from a low level, from a high level, medium level, and using various methods of traveling to get to the balls.)  The game is over when one of the teams has completely cleaned their yard, or the teacher says so!

Teaching Tips:

As the children are throwing the yarn balls, watch to see that they are throwing underhand.  Encourage them to look for open spaces to throw the garbage to.  Require that they throw the garbage in their hand before picking up anymore garbage.  This will keep the game moving and insure everyone has garbage to throw.

Ball Rolling Obstacle Course

Set up six stations, if you use the number cards the children can practice moving through the stations in number order.

  1. 6 pins or jars to bowl over!
  2. Roll the ball at a target on the wall.
  3. Roll the ball across the bench
  4. Roll the ball between two cones
  5. Roll the ball into and make it stay in the hoop.
  6. 4 cones to travel weaving through while rolling the ball.

Rolling Croquet

Set up Twelve cone tunnels around the room space.  The object is to roll your ball through each tunnel, counting the rolls as you go.  Using the least amount of rolls to get through each tunnel is the goal!  Watch out for each other as you roll the ball.  It doesn’t matter which side you start your roll from.