Bowl the Ball


Associate the uppercase letter B (and lowercase letter b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., bowl, ball, bottle).


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bowl
  • ball
  • bottle


  • Whiteboard and blue, black, or brown marker
  • Ten bowling pins (plastic bottles with or without water in the bottom to provide weight)
  • Pictures of objects (see below) taped to the bowling pins
  • 6’’ to 8” ball (e.g., a rubber gym ball or round Nerf ball)
  • Bowl the Ball target text (see below)
  • Blue, black, and brown crayons
  • Bowling pins graphic (see below) used as a back-up resource if pins or bottles are not available

State and model the objective

ell the children they will play a bowling game and will practice saying the /b/ sound in words that start with the letter B, such as bowling, ball, bat, bed, and basket.

Practice the skill within an activity

Send objects up, up, and away

  • Show the children each bottle with a picture card attached and have them identify each picture.
  • Let the children take turns “bowling” (using two hands as they straddle the ball).
  • As the ball rolls, have the children say the /b/ sound until the ball hits a pin and knocks it over.
  • Have the children name the picture on each fallen pin.
  • Help the children identify the letter B in the word on each picture card and emphasize that the letter B makes the /b/ sound.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words

  • Read the target text Bowl the Ball to the children.
  • Have the children circle every letter B and b with a brown, black, or blue crayon.
  • Read the text again and have the children say the /b/ sound each time you come to a letter B or b.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Help the children write the letter B (and lowercase b), with a blue, black or brown marker or crayon.
  • As the children write, point out the shapes included in the letter B and b (i.e., lines, and half circles).
  • Have the children attach the letters they have made to the bowling pins,
  • Let the children knock down the pins with the ball while saying the /b/ sound.

SEEL Target Texts

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Bowl the Ball

Bowl the ball to bump things that begin with a b.
Bump a bat.
Bump a bin.
Bump a box.
Bump a bug.
It is fun to bowl and bump a bat, bin, box, and bug!


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter B (and lowercase b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., ball, bat, bug)


  • 5 bowling pins (plastic bottles with water in the bottom to provide weight)
  • A ball
  • Pictures of objects that begin with (see below) attached to the bowling pins
  • Blue, black, and brown crayons

Activity: Bowl the Ball

  • Set up the plastic bottles like bowling pins.
  • Take turns bowling the ball to knock down the bowling pins.
  • As the ball rolls toward the pins, repeat the /b/ sound. 
  • When the ball hits a bottle, name the picture attached to it. Identify the letter B in the word on the card.
  • Help your child make different B picture cards to attach to the bowling pins. 
  • Have your child write the letter B (and lowercase b), with a blue, black or brown crayon on small pieces then attach a letter to each bowling pin. 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.