Knock ’em down, bowlers! If you’re looking for a way to bring fun into the classroom, this Bowling Classroom Transformation is for you. This transformation is perfect for teaching math skills while letting students spend a day at the bowling alley. My students became bowlers in this real-world activity while practicing a difficult math concept at the same time. This aligns with multiple common core math standards.
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I have printed all the materials needed for setting up this classroom transformation. It includes posters, banners, and bowling signs to hang in and outside the classroom for the kids to see. Whenever students see the decorations used in our classroom transformations, it excites them for the day ahead.
BOWLING CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
For this classroom transformation, students were allowed to work individually or in pairs. I made a rule that they were only allowed to work with the same partner once to avoid one person doing all of the work or two people working together for the whole math block.
BOWLING CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
My students became bowlers in this real-world activity and practiced multiple math skills Students were able to work at their own pace because I had multiple bowling sets around the room for them to use when they finished a problem. Beforehand, I taught my class the expectations of how to clean up the bowling pins and reset the game for the next person. I bought each bowling set from Target in the Dollar Spot or from Amazon! If you look in the spring or summer, you can normally get each set for five dollars.
BOWLING CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
My students’ favorite part was definitely getting to bowl and keep track of their score on the bowling card that is provided for them. This was also a great opportunity for mental math, no matter which grade level students are in.
BOWLING CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 4:
After checking and signing their recording sheets, I gave my students Class Dojo points as a reward for finishing this math room transformation, but other teachers on my team have given out bowling pens, bowling erasers, candy, and homework passes. You can be as creative as you like with this math activity. I also gave each student a certificate naming them a “Pro Bowler” when they finished.
BOWLING CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 5:
For the early finishers, I sent them looking around the room for posters that has QR codes. It’s a writing activity where the students scan the QR codes and know fun facts about bowling. My students love this part of all my classroom transformations. They learn additional fun facts about bowling while practicing math!
No matter what skills a student is learning, they always have a blast playing this transformation. Who doesn’t love mixing math and fun together?
You can check out this easy to prep Bowling Classroom Transformation HERE!
“Extras” certainly aren’t needed for room transformations, but they can be super fun if you want to include them! If you want to add any extras, you may like some of these ideas.
I also offer all room transformations in a DIGITAL format! This means students can complete the challenges on Google Slides if you’d like to save on paper. The QR codes/fun facts also come in a digital game format that students can complete and copy down online. You can learn more about how to do a digital room transformation here.
You may also find this post on Classroom Transformation Tips helpful. It lists my top 10 tips for making your classroom transformation easy and stress-free.