Fourth grade students take a cross-curricular bowling field trip
Listen carefully, and you will sometimes hear a student ask, “…when will I use this in real life?” Fourth grade teachers decided to offer an innovative and immediate real-life application of their curriculum, and the result was met with plenty of enthusiasm to “spare”!
After studying kinetic and potential energy in science and fractions and graphing in math, CPA fourth grade students and teachers travelled to the bowling alley. As the students bowled, teachers led lessons on energy. Students observed first-hand the transformation of potential energy into kinetic energy with every turn. Students also documented the scores from each game, converted them to fractions, and constructed line plots after returning to the classroom.
Fourth grader Steele described “We did more than bowl, we did experiments to observe gravity and energy in the lanes.”
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