Kelloggsville — A group of kindergartners broke out in a chant of “Roll it! Roll it!” as they watched pins drop in a makeshift bowling lane.
The Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary students were learning about pushing and pulling through a bowling activity led by Tina Easterly, science consultant, and kindergarten teacher Sheri Rankin.
“They love doing. For them, it’s more about the experience of learning and to take turns,” Easterly said.
How it worked: one student rolled a tennis ball toward plastic cup “pins” while others used hand-held white boards to act as bumpers to help guide the ball toward them.
The activity came from an online teacher activity resource called Force Olympics Unit.
“This is a fun game!” exclaimed kindergartner Kambry Catching. Classmate La-Vaiya Simpson raised her arms in triumph when Kambry knocked over the pins.
Asked Easterly: If the ball bumps into the bumper, is it a push force or a pull force?
“Pull!” responded kindergartners.
Later, Easterly asked what the ball does to the pins.
“Pushes it over!” the students responded.
Said teacher Sheri Rankin, “It’s just good fun to have them do a hands-on activity.”