Friday, February 19, 2010

How Many Adults Does it Take to Make a First Grade Project?

            In January, Brody came home with an impossible assignment, "make something out of Nine 2D and 3D shapes".  What?  Quick, clear out the cobwebs and think back to 2D & 3D shapes (or just hit Google). Oh, ok- like a cylinder and a square.  We can do this. 
            Did Brody have any suggestions?  Uh no.  Ok- Matt, what can we make?  We pondered this for days until we came up with either an aircraft carrier or an offshore oil rig. But wait a second- isn't this our "son's project?"
            So there's our dilemma - if we leave it up to him, it wouldn't get done.  Frankly, the directions for the project are a little more complex for a first grader- I mean, am I really going to let him use a glue gun?  Not if I didn't want legos glued to his bedroom walls!  So, I asked around to get the sense if this was meant to be a "first grader's project" or a "family project" with the majority of answers coming back as a family project.  And family it was!
             My parents were in town that weekend, so we put my dad to work on it too.  Brody & I went around the house collecting as many shapes as we could and headed outside to paint them.  After they dried, we all started to piece them together to make what we hoped resembled an oil rig:
    


Do you see all the adults diligently working on HIS project?

and working.....

and working.....

        So, I think the 3 adults and one 7 year old came up with a pretty awesome project:


          Look at the detail- the soda straw and toothpick ladder, the 48-sphere chain, the helicopter landing pad complete with helicopter (Brody's idea!).  We rocked it!  Uh, wait a minute, wasn't this supposed to be a first grade project?  And shouldn't it look like a first grade project?  We got so carried away and were all having fun putting it together that we forgot about that......
          Luckily, the project was meant to be a family project and the majority of other's at school were just as detailed.  Whew! So the next question is, "what grade did we get on it Bubba?"  The 3 adults want to know how they did. "Uh, Mrs. D said it was good."  GOOD?  That's all we get????  That oil rig was awesome!!   Good thing Bubba could care less.....


13 comments:

Mocha with Linda said...

You so don't want me to get on my soapbox about school projects! LOL

That's a great oil rig!!

Kelli said...

I don't know that I'm ready for those kind of assignments. You guys did a great job...so much better than Good. What's wrong with that teacher?

Connie Weiss said...

That is the most amazing Oil Rig I think I've ever seen!! I'd give it an A+

And I'm totally dreading this kind of homework....

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

Wow! That is awesome! Looks like you all enjoyed working together too.

We have a first grader. Just think if this is first grade, what will be the project by the time he is in 5th?

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow, what a project. I love the photo of all the adults working and Brody looking like he is going to fall asleep. I would agree I think you deserve an A+. Love the landing pad for the helicopters.
Have a great day!

Amanda said...

Lol, pretty impressive. I just have a kindergartener and if that is th elevel of projects to come we are in trouble! You should get an A on that, you guys did a great job. My favorite photo is of you all working and your son with his hand under his chin. So funny!

Vivienne said...

That oil rig is fantastic! I love that Brody is sitting there, with his chin cupped in his hand, just watching the madness.

Smart boy.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Oh, you are SUCH a Texas chick.

Who else would EVER think to build an OIL RIG besides a bunch of Texans? Ha ha...I love it.

It looks AWESOME...good just ain't gonna cut it. You guys did GREAT!

Paula said...

And then they get into 6th grade and have science fair....and momma CAN'T help anymore as science was never her thing. Not that I would know anything about that.

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Xazmin said...

Very awesome! Good work family!!!

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He & Me + 3 said...

That turned out great...I love the picture of the adults working and the 7 year old starring into space. LOL Cute. i get carried away when i help my kids too. It is just more fun now that it is not my work.

jerriann said...

What a great post. Oh, how I remember working on my kids projects, too. I love the photo of your son looking bored while the adults are just working away.

So funny.

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