Bowling Lesson Plan for Physical Education

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will read an informational text about bowling. While reading the text, students will participate in a discussion about the key details of bowling. The lesson plan ends with students playing a game of bowling in a homemade alley.

Learning Objectives

After completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the scoring, equipment and technique of bowling
  • Participate in a bowling match


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • Bowling
  • Bowler
  • Lane
  • Alley
  • Strike
  • Spare
  • Gutter ball


  • Multiple copies of 'Bowling: Skills, Strategies & Rules' (one per student)
  • Multiple copies of the quiz (one per student)
  • One bowling ball
  • One bowling pin
  • One bowling shoe
  • Large copies of bowling score sheet (2-3)
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic bowling balls (5-7)
  • Plastic bowling pins or empty two-liter bottles (5-7 sets)


  • Distribute copies of 'Bowling: Skills, Strategies & Rules' to students.
  • Read aloud up to the end of the 'Playing Surfaces & Equipment' section.
  • Pass around a bowling ball, bowling pin and bowling shoe for an added visual, then ask:
    • Why does a bowler want to avoid gutter balls?
  • Read aloud the 'Safety Rules & Etiquette' section, then ask:
    • What is one thing that you can do to stay safe while bowling?
    • What is one way you can show good manners while bowling?
  • Read aloud the 'Rules and Scoring' section. Ask:
    • What is a strike? A spare?
    • What is the highest score you could possibly get in bowling?
  • Read aloud the remainder of the text.
    • How do beginners and experts throw the ball differently?
    • What can you do to improve your bowling skills?
  • To assess student understanding, distribute the quiz.

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