Physical Education
Material Type:
Upper Elementary
  • IMovie
  • IPad
  • Lesson Plan
  • Physical Education
  • Underhand Throwing
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    Underhand Throwing iPad Lesson Plan

    Underhand Throwing iPad Lesson Plan


    This is a lesson plan designed for sixth grade students to make a video showing how to throw underhand in their choice of sport or activity, as if they were going to teach how to throw to a first grader. The project is done using iPads with the camera and iMovie apps.


    This lesson plan is designed as a final project/assessment for a unit on underhand throwing. Students will work with a group to create a video explaining how to throw underhand in their choice of several sports. It should be compeleted in one to two 45 minute face-to-face classes. It could easily be adapted to work with in a virtual setting.

    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the camera and iMovie apps on iPad and of what underhand throwing should look like in a variety of sports or activities.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to demonstrate how to properly underhand throw.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will work together to record a video of them showing the proper steps of how to throw underhand.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Materials Needed:

    • iPad for each group with the camera and iMovie apps enabled
    • Equipment for the various underhand throwing games you've taught (ex: softball/baseball, bowling, horseshoes, bocci, ladder ball. bucket bonanza, etc)

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to throw underhand in various activities and sports, how to make a storyboard to make a video, how to use the camera to record video, and how to use iMovie to make a video.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    • English language learners can record the steps without narration or could explain the steps in their native language. Maybe working together with others to have 2 or more languages explaining each step so their video could help more students.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Begin lesson with a review of the different sports and activites that use an underhand throw to play. (ex: softball/baseball, bowling, horseshoes, bocci, ladder ball. bucket bonanza, etc.). Then review the steps to underhand throwing: Hold object in dominant hand, stand facing your target, bring your throwing arm back, step with your opposite foot, release the object, follow through.

    Explain the idea behind the project and how it is going to work:

    • They are going to work with a group to create a video of how to underhand throw. The videos are to be made so that the first graders can learn how to throw for the different activities and sports. Once groups are formed, they may pick one of the sports listed to show how to throw underhand in that sport. Then they need to plan out how they will show the steps, making sure each person participates in showing at least one part and they each also help with either recording, narration, or finalizing the project. Then they can get the equipment and make their video using an iPad and the iMovie app. We will then have a movie day where we can watch each others' videos and they can then be used to help the first graders learn how to underhand throw. 

    Have the students find their groups and pick their sport, then they will work on their storyboard, planning out who will participate in each part and work to divide the jobs out. Once their storyboard and plan is complete, they will show it to the teacher to obtain the iPad and equipment to make their video and they will work on recording and compiling the video. 


    Step 4 - Assessments

    Once videos are complete, have a "movie day" where each group can show off their creation. Then assess their storyboards and videos according to the attached rubric also using your observations of how they were doing with underhand throwing and how they worked together and shared responsibilites while they did the project.