Picture Perfect for Bouldering Walls
Grade level: K-6
Objective: To observe and verbalize what climbing techniques are being used by the non-climbers.
Description: Have 3-5 students mount the wall and practice different climbing moves. The teacher yells out "Click" and pretends to take a picture. When the students on the wall hear "Click" they know to freeze into the position they are in. The students observing then call out the different climbing techniques that they observe. (See climbing technique definition page.) Decide whether you want to share these terms with your participants before this activity. Sometimes the ones they come up with are very descriptive. After a few examples are thrown out the teacher can say, "move on" and the climbers can continue climbing. Spotters may be necessary for this activity as some techniques are difficult to hold for various lengths of time. After about 5 "pictures" are taken, have 3-5 new models mount the wall.
Rules/Safety/Accommodations: Spotters may be necessary. Students should follow basic climbing wall rules.
1. What were some of the new climbing techniques you learned today?
2. How will these new techniques help your personal climbing ability?
3. How did watching other students climb influence the way you climb?
4. Complete this sentence: I really enjoyed today’s activity because…
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