Students do the math to figure the bowling score, then keep score while they bowl a string!
bowling, strike, score, statistics, average
Keeping score at a bowling alley -- the old-fashioned way, by hand -- is a terrific opportunity for math practice!
Share with students these directions for scoring bowling. Provide each student with a copy of Education World's Bowling Math Work Sheet. The work sheet includes two different activities. Cut the work sheet in half so the students can do one work sheet now, one later; one with a partner and one independently; or one in class and one for homework. (The work sheet answer key can be found in the Assessment section of this lesson plan.)
Note: Since there are many opportunities for students to make errors as they calculate each bowling frame, you might provide students with the final total for each player. That way, if students get to the last frame and do not have the correct total, they can go back over their work and find their errors.
For more practice, get out the bowling pins (or empty soft drink bottles), play a string, and keep score while you play!
Students perform calculations correctly 80 percent of the time or more.
Answer Key: The scores below represent the point totals that should appear in each frame on the bowling score sheet.
Bowling Work Sheet 1:
The winner of the game was Lisa.
Bowling Work Sheet 2:
The winner of the game was Tanya.
Lesson Plan Source
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Physical Education
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