We do not do huge projects for everything.
But when you hear "Mountain Ecosystems"....sometimes you gotta jazz things up.
1. The wooden top, back & base with heavy chicken wire staple gunned to it for the mountain shape.
2. The chicken wire covered in a thin layer of paper mache.
3. The whole project primed. (Note the 2 tiny holes poked into the mountain by a younger brother. We repaired the holes with medical fabric tape.)
4. David working on drawing and cutting out the animals and vegetation. He focused on the details.
5. Alex drawing and painting the background, mountain and sky. He handled the bigger vision items and guided the whole project.
6. Attaching the cut out shaped with glue dots.
7. Lots of cutting out.
8. Hmmm, it still needs something.
9. 3 cars taped to dowels and glued into small drilled holes. Clouds and airplane hung with string and push pins.
There is a chart on the back explaining al the different levels of the mountain ecosystem.
I encouraged the boys to do a larger scale project for this assignment because:
1. It is good practice to go through the process of design, construction and planning out the details.
2. Time management.
3. I want them to understand that when you give a little more than what is asked of you, you have the opportunity to stand out.