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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Fitness Bowling
How to perform basic fitness exercises.
Purpose of Activity:
Incorporate fitness into a bowling lesson.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Bowling equipment (carpet lanes; bowling pins; rubber and/or foam bowling balls); bowling score sheets; pencils; dry/erase board; CD player; lively music; pedometers;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Divide the students into groups of 4 or 5 per bowling lane. Have one student be the scorekeeper, one the bowler, one a ball returner, and one or two pin setters. After a student completes his/her turn bowling, have the students rotate one spot.

For the fitness part of the bowling lesson, have a list of exercises on a dry/erase board that correspond with potential bowling scores (list numbers 0-9, spare and strike). For example, if a student rolls a total of 5 on his/her bowling turn, the exercise for a 5 could be 10 jumping jacks. If a student rolls a 9, it could be 5 push-ups.

Extensions: Be creative with your exercises and you may even want to list an exercise per frame. For example, frame one could be jumping jacks. Whatever a student bowls, they do that many jumping jacks. A 5 would represent five jumping jacks, a 9 would be 9, a spare could be 10 and a strike 20. Then the second frame's exercise could be curl-ups. Have a list for all 10 frames and the repetitions depend on the students score.


You could also use your original list, but for a spare or strike, allow the student who rolled to name the exercise for their group to perform.

To add a little more cardio to the lesson, we have our students wear pedometers and set a challenge of 2,500 steps (one mile). This encourages the students to march or jog in place while a student is bowling.

Assessment Ideas:

Check students bowling score sheet for proper scores. We send home a practice bowling score sheet prior to our bowling lessons. Third graders are only asked to mark a bowling sheet, while fourth and fifth graders are asked to calculate the actual score.

You could also assess the fitness exercises by asking students to match the list of exercises with the health related physical fitness components.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Have alternate exercises or activities for students to do based on disabilities. For example, a student in a wheel chair could do tennis ball squeezes instead of push ups.
Dan Quesenberry who teaches at Edmondson Elementary in Brentwood, TN. Posted on PEC: 1/8/2005.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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