Pre K- Grade 5 Throwing and Catching

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised September 2010

Subject: Physical Education                                                      

Grade: Pre K – 5 

Unit: Throwing and Catching                                                     

Pacing: 8 – 20 

Essential Question(s):


  • Why do I have to step with the opposite foot?
  • What hand should I hold the ball with?


  • Which way should I hold my hands to catch the ball?
  • Why do you tell me to “give” with the ball?

Big Idea(s):


  • Stepping with the opposite foot will increase accuracy, distance, velocity, and balance
  • Your dominant hand is the hand you use to hold your pencil, brush your teeth, etc. (Basically everyday tasks)


  • Your fingertips should be pointed up if the ball is above your waist, and pointed down if the ball is below your waist
  • You give with the ball to reduce the force and control the ball more easily

 CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards) 


  • Pre K – 2      Standard 11.2
  • 3 – 5             Standard E-9-4


  • Pre K – 2      Standard 11.2
  • 3 – 5             Standard E-9-4


Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)








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