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Bowling Game - Letter Match

PDF, Google Slides | 13 pages|Grades: Pre-K - K

Practice matching upper and lowercase letters with 26 letter bowling ball cards and pins.

Get the ball rolling on identifying upper and lowercase letters!

🎳 Our Letter Matching Game Is Right Up Your Alley

Through this activity, students will show they can recognize and name the alphabet letters in both upper and lowercase forms. 

To play, students will choose a card, identify the uppercase letter, and remove the matching lowercase letter bowling pin from their set if they have it. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to put the letters in alphabetical order. 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by referring them to a visual reminder, such as a classroom poster (see below) or anchor chart

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

More Upper & Lowercase Letter Match Activities

We created this resource for your reading center as an independent practice activity. You can also use it for small group and full-class instruction through scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more! 

We suggest these: 

🔍 Scavenger Hunt

Divide your class into teams and give each an equal amount of bowling pins to keep at their team station. Hide the bowling ball cards around the room when your students are not around, then set them loose! As soon as they find an uppercase letter card, they bring it to their station and match it to a pin. If they find a card that does not match one of their pins, they leave it in the same spot they found it and set off to find the others. The first team to match all their pins and bowling balls wins! 

👯 Match Me If You Can

Print a second set of bowling pins you can cut into playing cards. In your guided reading group, divide the pin cards evenly among players. Show students an uppercase letter card and have them identify it as a group. The student who has a matching lowercase letter pin lays it down face up. The first person to have all their cards face up wins.

🃏 Memory Match Game

Bonus points for this version of the game as it helps students with their memorization skills! Print a second set of bowling pins you can cut into playing cards. Lay the bowling ball and pin cards facedown in rows. Each player takes their turn flipping a ball and pin until either finds matching upper and lowercase letters and sets the pair aside to keep score. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

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Make upper and lowercase letter-matching a regular part of your Language Arts lessons with these activities: 


  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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