Monday, April 28, 2008

Trapped




Since Cole missed school all last week, he has had lots of work to catch up on. He's almost completely caught up now. He had a big project that was due last week...Friday I think, but he'll be turning it in tomorrow....today, depending on when you read this. (Tuesday) He was suppose to design a game board having to do with a subject in school. His favorite subject is math so that is what he went with. We sat down tonight and worked together on it so it wouldn't be turned in too late. I already had plain white pizza boxes that I bought years ago so we used one for his game box. Cole wanted the game board itself to somewhat resemble a monopoly board, but not be exactly the same. The white foam core board has ghost lines on it so it made it easy to grid it out how he wanted. He chose the colors he wanted to use to color the strips and then painted wooden disks the same colors for the playing pieces. He used my quickutz to cut out the word "trapped" and glued it to the middle of the board. He used the Khaki font with the shadow. He totally knew exactly how he wanted the game to play. When I made suggestions, he would say "no...I want to do it this way." Who am I to argue? His rules were just fine the way they were.
Each player rolls the dice and they move to the number they roll. They have to do the multiplication or division problem on the space they land on. They have scratch paper included to work out the problem. Other players have to check their work to make sure it's correct. (that way everyone is doing more math) If you land on a "trapped" spot, you lose a turn. The first one to reach the end wins.
He has to get up in class and tell about his game, then all the students get to play it. They rotate stations to play other kids game boards. I think they will have fun with it. I would totally feel guilty for helping him if he didn't already know exactly what he wanted. Before we even sat down, he had the name of the game picked out, the rules all laid out and the board design. It doesn't hurt that his mom has fun creative resources on hand for him to use. :o) He is really proud of it and I know he's going to want to play it at home after he gets done with it at school.

14 comments:

~Telah said...

Very Cool Project! I wish they did something like that when I was in school. Way to go, Cole!

Marilyn said...

That is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen! Good job Cole. He will get an A for sure!

Marilyn said...

P.S. I just saw Allyson Crandall on your side bar---she's my sweet "niece in law!" Hi Ally-if you read this!!

Kimberly said...

That is so neat! He did a great job! He deserves a Big A!

Jacquie said...

That is an awesome game! Great job Cole! I think that was a great assignment the teacher gave out.

Patti said...

Wow that is just AWESOME! Way to go Cole. I am sure he will get a good grade for it.

Nikki *Ü* said...

That is such a cool project! He should definitely be proud of it. Question - where do you buy the plain pizza boxes? Not that I need any now, but it would be a good idea to know where to get them to have on hand "just in case." LOL

Leslie >j said...

This is so totally fabulous! I love math too and wish I could play this game with Cole! Love that he had all the ideas of what he wanted and used your supplies to boot! Awesome!

Chickenbells said...

I use to love projects like this in school...so much more fun than just a paper or a test! It looks like he put a ton of thought into it before hand as well...

mindy said...

LOLOL I KNEW it wasn't a bad idea to volunteer you to cut wood for Kaden's project!!!!

Erin said...

OHHH WOW! The game is great! So creative...makes me want to play too!!!

Missy's Blog said...

Wow ... what a fun, creative project!! This is awesome ... he deserves an A+++++!!!

Heather said...

That is a very cool project! This is one of the things I miss most about teaching....the creativity of the children! Good job Cole!
And Jolene....just wanted to let you know that I tagged you over at my blog...so take a look and can't wait to see what you come up with for the challenge.
Have a great day!

Andi said...

Oh my gosh...how creative and wonderful!!! He should patent this and they can sell it as an educational toy...awesome!

Just catching up with my blog reading. Sounds like you had some excitement in the neighborhood from your post below. Glad all you blog buddies didn't have to post bail for you!!!