K-1: Students have been working on overhand and underhand throwing. The emphasis at this age is their throwing technique- turning their bodies so the opposite shoulder is facing the direction of the throw, stepping with the opposite foot, and bringing the ball up near their ear in a "tic-tock" motion. The throwing unit included a station play lesson where students were throwing bouncy balls off the wall, bean bags into small goals, yarn balls at bowling pins and our very own paper airplanes (especially made without the pointy tips :)). Kindergarten and first graders also played a game called "Oscar's Garbage Can" which has become a kid favorite. We concluded the unit with a game of "frog toss.” This activity gave the students a chance to practice their accuracy with the underhand toss. If their beanbag landed in, on or knocked something over they got to bring the object back to their team. I like to say... "make it take it!"
2-3: Second and third graders have been working on their throwing as well. They too, started the unit off with throwing/catching stations that involved throwing spider balls to the wall, velcro targets and scoops. These students also had an opportunity to put their throwing practice into good use in a game called “battleship.” In this game, groups attempted to sink another group's ship by knocking over their pins. Kids had to really think about the throwing technique to help increase their accuracy.
I concluded the throwing unit with a crowd favorite called the "Frog Toss". This is an underhand tossing game in which hundreds of pieces of equipment are placed in front of the class. Groups must take turns tossing the frog out into the "pond" area so that their frog either lands in, on, or knocks something over. If this is done, students may take the object that the frog landed in or on back to their group where they will eventually tally up their points at the end of the game. All objects have different point values based on the difficulty to obtain.