Partner Point

Grade level: K-6

Equipment:  possibly wooden dowels as pointers.

Objective: Introductory activity, following directions, communication activity.

Description: Have your participants partner up.  Explain that each person will get a chance in both roles for the activity.  One person climbs while their partner points out what holds to place their hands and feet on.  Only the holds that are pointed out are allowed to be touched.  Have the partners start at one end of the wall and traverse to the other end, or until the climber gets too tired to finish.  The purpose is to create a challenging, yet achievable path for your partner.

Variation #1:  Have the partners point out just the hand holds that need to be touched and the foot holds are fair game.

Variation #2: Have the partners point out just the foot holds that need to be touched and the hand holds are fair game.

Rules/Safety/Accommodations: Students should follow basic climbing wall rules.

Facilitation/Reflection Questions:

1. How did you and your partner communicate during this activity?
2. Were you given an easy path to follow or a harder one?
3. Was it harder to climb or to give directions?
4. Complete this sentence: I really enjoyed today’s activity because…

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