Islands for the Climbing Wall

Grade level: K-12

Equipment:  bungee cords or rope of varying lengths to section off the islands.

Objective: To maneuver around the islands without touching any of the holds on the islands.

Description: Explain that we're going swimming today!  Not really, but the traverse wall is now a giant ocean and the marked off sections are islands guarded by fierce man-eating creatures (use your best discretion on appropriateness of story.)  The objective is to traverse from one side of the ocean to the other while avoiding any of the holds inside the islands.

Rules/Safety/Accommodations: When setting up the islands, make sure the students will not have to climb above the recommended height.  Students should follow basic climbing wall rules.

Facilitation/Reflection Questions:

1. What were some strategies you came up with to avoid the islands?
2. Were you given an easy path to follow or a harder one?
3. How could this activity have been easier?  Harder?
4. Complete this sentence: I really enjoyed today’s activity because…\

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