PE Through Rock Climbing

Challenge yourself by learning rock climbing skills – improve your personal fitness, learn and apply strategies, and practice responsible and respectful interaction with other climbers.


  • Essential Question: How much can I push myself and improve my rock climbing skills?
  • Area of study: Physical Education
  • Type and amount of credit earned: 1/2 Physical education credit (Core)
  • Community partner: Guidance counselor (Outdoor Education)


  • Motor skills: demonstrate motor skills and movement patterns; be able to use them in a variety of physical activities
  • Understanding of rules and strategies: demonstrate understanding of rules, strategies, and tactics; be able to apply in a variety of games and activities
  • Active lifestyle:  engage in and understand importance of a physically active lifestyle that helps achieve, maintain a health enhancing level of fitness
  • Social interaction: demonstrate how physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction; exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others
  • Fitness goals and plans: demonstrate how physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  • Climb indoors at a local gym at least once a week
  • Participate in strength and cardio training at a local gym
  • Develop and execute a fitness plan based upon research
  • Research safety guidelines, equipment use, and techniques for rock climbing
  • Reflect weekly upon goals, improvements, struggles, and strategies for improvement
  • Demonstrate proper technique and safety procedures to others during rock climbing expeditions
  • Assist and encourage others during rock climbing expeditions
  • Work toward achieving realistic goals that challenge physical and mental health
  • Research muscle groups – how they perform and gain strength through a fitness plan
  • Research muscle groups and conditioning specific for rock climbing


Student was assessed throughout the ELO process to ensure understanding of the material. Student researched muscle groups and safety techniques used for Rock Climbing.  Student created a slideshow for rock climbing techniques and safety procedures, wrote fitness goals and plans, and took fitness assessments with the PE teacher as assessments. Student then completed a sixty-minute presentation of learning to connect artifacts to the course competencies. The purpose of the presentation is to demonstrate a full understanding of the competencies and explain how the work is evidence of mastery for those competencies. Student gave a twenty-minute presentation that was open to the community.

This ELO was submitted by Anne Banks, Pittsfield Middle High School

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