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Mystery 4 of 6
How can you knock down the most bowling pins?
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How can you knock down the most bowling pins?
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Recommended Activity: Human Bumper Bowling

In this game, students work together to knock down the bowling pins. The next slide provides details on how to play.
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Recommended Activity: Human Bumper Bowling

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  1. Form groups of four to six.
  2. Assign roles. Each group needs one person to be the Roller and one person to be the Catcher. Everyone else is a Bumper. Decide who will take the first turn in each role.
  3. Get supplies. Roller gets a ball. Each Bumper gets a hardcover book. Bumpers use their books to bump the ball when it’s about to roll out of the alley. They also keep the ball moving down the alley so it can knock down the pins.
  4. The goal of Human Bumper Bowling is to knock down the pins with lots of bumps along the way.
  5. Let each Roller have two turns, then move in a circle to switch roles so everyone gets a turn as Roller.
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Overview
Grade K
Topic Forces, Machines, & Engineering
Focus Speed & Direction of Force
Print Prep
Activity Prep

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In this Read-Along Mystery, Daniel worries he won’t do well at a friend’s Bumper Bowling party…until he figures out an unexpected way to win. The Mystery includes a short exercise where students act out bowling. If you want to extend the lesson, you can try this optional activity, Human Bumper Bowling, where students make a model bumper bowling alley and work together to knock down pins.

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Number of students:
Hardcover Books
16 books
Yardstick or Meterstick
1 stick
Masking Tape
200 feet
Solo Cups (9 oz)
48 cups
Tennis Balls
8 balls
Prep Instructions

We recommend having students work in groups of four to six.

This activity requires enough floor space to set up “bowling alleys.” Decide how many you’ll set up and where you’ll put them. Using masking tape, mark off alleys that are 10 feet long and 2½ feet wide. Mark a box at the end to set the pins in. Leave room between your bowling alleys for students to sit on the floor.

Bowling Set Up

Overview
Grade K
Topic Forces, Machines, & Engineering
Focus Speed & Direction of Force