P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Bowling
Purpose of Activity:To have students practice the underhand motion of bowling. Activity cues: "Reach back", "Arm close to side of body", "Step with the opposite foot"
Suggested Grade Level:Pre K
Materials Needed:Plastic 16-20 oz; bottles or bowling pins; Small foam balls;Poly spots
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
Young children get excited about knocking bowling pins over with a
ball. They have very little concern about scoring or other competitive
aspects of the formal game. Here are ways to present the activity
and two ways to organize the pin set-up.
1. Related to both pin setup and presentation
In a traditional sense, the teacher can show children how to set up pins
in a conventional manner. Ask them to count the number of pins in each
row. First row- 1, second row- '1, 2', third row- '1, 2, 3' and fourth row- '1, 2, 3, 4'; then confirm that there is a total of ten pins by
counting them all. This integrates numeric concepts into the p.e.
activity. If the teacher has placed small round stickers on the floor,
younger students will have an easier time putting pins in the same
arrangement each time.
In order to maximize participation, this would need to be presented in the context of a number of throwing stations. Otherwise, the teacher would need a lot of pins and balls to keep group size small.
2. Pin setup
As an alternative, ask students to design their own pin arrangements and
see how the different arrangements effect the way the pins fall.
It is preferable that students work in small groups in order to maximize
participation. For example, there might be one student bowling while one
or two others set up the pins. Students rotate positions. Since the
emphasis is on the underhand throw, (as opposed to the number of pins
knocked down), the teacher might use less than ten pins in order to
accomodate multiple stations. Very young children will perceive a
challenge when throwing at maybe 3 pins from an appropriate distance (appropriate distance may be 5-7 giant steps away from the roller of the ball and it should not be a regulation size bowling alley length).
And, preschoolers can still experiment with various pin arrangements
even with only three pins.
For either presentation, each time the students set up their pins, they
should return to a poly spot on the floor to make their underhand throw.
Initially, the teacher should place more emphasis on the arm swing than
other aspects of the throw. The arm swing should begin with a â€œreach
backâ€, swing forward â€œclose to the bodyâ€, and release the ball at a low
level (â€œno bounceâ€) (remembering to give only one cue at a time). â€œStep
with the opposite footâ€ may be an appropriate cue only for students who are more developmentally advanced.
For students that easily knock down their pins, challenge them to move their spot back a step after each successful underhand throw.
Use a checklist to make note of the children who exhibit the critical components related to the cues mentioned above.
Author:Dolores Dempsey who teaches at Owen County Primary School in Owenton , KY . Posted on PEC: 7/20/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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