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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: The "Spare" Game
Students must be able to bowl a ball down the bowling lane.
Purpose of Activity:
The purpose of the activity is to have students concentrate on "picking up" spares in bowling, not just throwing the ball down the alley. Activity cues: Bowl across the lane (the ball should be rolled from the right to left side of the lane for a 7 pin, left to right to pick up a 10 pin).
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Availability of bowling alley; shoes; bowling balls; paper score sheets; pencils;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students are given the rules for the activity:

Purpose of game is to practice picking up a 7 or 10 spare.

Students are to bowl the first ball of the frame aiming for the 7 pin or the 10 pin. When the 7 or 10 pin is knocked down, the bowler gets 5 points (if both are knocked down, it's worth 10 points). Ideally, the first ball picks up only the 7 pin and the second ball picks up only the 10 pin.

Every pin other than the 7 or 10 pin that is knocked down results in a loss of one point. For example, if students bowl a strike, they would get 5 points for the 7 pin, 5 points for the 10 pin, and lose 8 points for knocking the others down. Their score for that frame is then 2 points.

A gutter ball is worth 0 points.

The second ball of the frame should be rolled back through the space where the first ball was bowled, or try to hit the other pin (7 or 10).

Maximum poins for the game is 100.


Use teams of two so that the first partner throws one ball, then the other bowls the spare.

Assessment Ideas:

Questions to the students:
Where were you standing on the approach?
Are you spot bowling?
Where did you aim if you are spot bowling?

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Our CDS students play this game with the other students. They may have a helper telling them where to throw the ball.
Marcia Schmidt who teaches at Hortonville High School in Hortonville, WI. Posted on PEC: 5/31/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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