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It’s ‘more about the experience of learning’

Makeshift bowling lanes teach push, pulling mechanics

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. 

Kindergartner Kambry Catching throws a tennis ball toward red cup bowling pins as her classmates watch

“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.”

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Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley
Sean Bradley is a DeWitt native who has worked as a news reporter in several cities in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He moved to Grand Rapids in March 2022 to be closer to the entertainment scene including live music and comedy. After graduating in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University, he started his writing career at the Manistee News Advocate, covering city government and law enforcement. He later moved onto The Morning Sun in Alma, and in 2018, went to the Livingston Daily Press and Argus. At these newspapers, he covered school boards and got to know superintendents and staff, learning the ins and outs of education reporting. He is excited to be reporting on Kelloggsville Public Schools for School News Network.


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