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Name of Activity:

Bowling Over Fractions

Academic content:


Purpose of Activity:

To enhance the students' understanding of fractions through bowling.


It is beneficial if students have prior knowledge of fractions and throwing skills.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

8 bowling pins per lane and 1 bowling ball (or any type of rolling ball) per lane, 1 Bowling Over Fractions Worksheet (PDF), clipboard, and 1 pencil per student.

Physical activity:

Bowling/Underhand Throwing

Description of Idea

Students will complete a Bowling Over Fractions Worksheet (PDF). Divide the students into groups of three. Two students should stand behind the pins, while the other student stands at the beginning of the lane. After a student rolls the ball one time, (s)he shades in the number of boxes based on the number of pins knocked down and completes the two fraction questions. (S)he replaces someone standing behind the pins. Rotation continues until all students have completed the worksheet.


Teachers can vary the number of pins, but must change the number of boxes on the worksheet. (This will change the denominator in the fraction.)

Also, students may be required to reduce the fractions to their simplest form. To increase the difficulty, have students write a math sentence stating if the fraction of pins knocked down is >, <, or equal to the number of pins still standing.

Assessment Ideas:

Teachers can check the worksheet and provide useful feedback to the student on both the student's work with fractions and the skill of underhand throwing.

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Submitted by David Vaughn who teaches at Wren Elementary in Piedmont, SC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 1/26/2005.

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David V.

The reason they are 8 boxes is because the class I was working with was working on fractions with the denominator 8 in the Math class. You can change the boxes and the number of pins to whatever you want. Thanks for trying the lesson!


There are only 8 boxs and you need 10.

L Reynolds

Great idea. I changed it and made it 10 squares just like a real game. The classroom teachers loved the reinforcement of math while having fun bowling.