Knock them down, bowlers! This bowling classroom transformation is perfect for teaching multi-digit addition. My third grade students became bowlers in this real-world activity while practicing a difficult math concept at the same time. This aligns with 3.NBT.2.
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 before going in. This adds excitement to my students’ learning whenever they see the decorations used in our classroom transformations.
BOWLING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
For this classroom transformation, students were allowed to work individually or in pairs during this bowling classroom transformation. I made a rule that they were only allowed to work with the same partner once so there wouldn’t be any one person doing all of the work or two people working together for the whole math block.
BOWLING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
My third graders became bowlers in this real-world activity and practice multi-digit addition. Students were able to work at their own pace because I had multiple bowling sets set-up around the room for them to use when they finished a problem. I also taught my class the expectations beforehand 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! If you look in the spring or summer, you can normally get each set for five dollars.
BOWLING CLASSROOM 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 you. This was also a great addition activity because the students got to add up how many pins they bowled down on each frame. A lot my students used mental math to solve this portion of the classroom transformation.
BOWLING CLASSROOM 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. Also, I gave each student a certificate naming them a “Pro Bowler” when they finished.
BOWLING CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATION STEP 5:
For the early finishers, I gave them the time to look 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 my every classroom transformation. They get additional information about bowling while learning math!
Here are the skills included in this Bowling Classroom Transformation:
-multi-digit addition with no regrouping
-multi-digit addition with regrouping
-2 digit addition
-3 digit addition
-multi-digit addition word problems
-multi-digit addition with charts/tables
You can check out this easy to prep Bowling Classroom 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.
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