Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ornament from Nature.......

Each 9 weeks, Lexi's Science teacher gives the 5th graders an opportunity for extra credit. This extra credit project was to make an ornament, mostly from nature, to hang on the Science room Christmas tree. We talked about what she could make and I went around the street with her gathering supplies. She found a large pinecone, acorns, and red and black berries. I let her use the hot glue gun all by herself.
She glued the acorns all around in the pinecone. Then added berries all over it.
Here it is finished and ready to go to school (last week on that snowy Wednesday).
Here it is up close. We left the glue strands as icicles and you could add a ribbon for hanging. I thought she did a great job. She definitely ended up very glad that she did the project because that was the day she went back to school after being out sick. She had missed a Science test on Tuesday but we had the two study papers at home so I knew she would do fine on her make-up test. I told her to ask the teacher if that was all she should have studied and her teacher said there would be some questions out of the book (which we had not had at home) and she thought she would do fine. Well.........she didn't. She is still holding an A in that class and on her test she made a D.....eeeeeek!!!!! Lexi was able to use the ornament she made to bring her lowest score up to 100....YAY, it was definitely used on that score!! Thank goodness for extra credit!!!!!
Hope you are all having a great Wednesday! ♥

36 comments:

Libby said...

That is a very neat idea! Reminds me of the old peanut butter and birdseed pine cones! Good for her! Extra credit is always a good thing! Hope your weather isnt too bad!
Libby

April said...

Yay for Lexi!!! You must be very proud of her...as you should be! Her pine cone is really cute!

Amelia said...

The ornament will look great on the science tree...it wound up serving two purposes...bring up that grade and looking wonderful on the tree.

duchess said...

What a great looking ornament & thanks for the idea. We may just have to try that here.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That so cute! Yes, thank goodness for extra credit!

Manuela

Ramona said...

Good Morning Darlene ~
I love it. That is a wonderful pine cone! And....well you know how I feel about acorns....smile...love 'em too!

It is really hard when your little ones are sick...and it is hard to make up work and tests...but it sounds like things turned out well for Lexi...and glad she is well.

We have our Abbie home sick today...three of your friends were out sick last week...so I knew it was just a matter of time till she got it!

Hope you are staying warm...we are STILL in an Arctic freeze here in the Northwest...that will end with snow this weekend...time to bake!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Ramona said...

I mean...three of HER friends...

I shouldn't be allowed online this early in the morn....NEED MORE COFFEE!

Ramona :)

Carrie said...

Oh I think you might have a crafty little girl on your hands she looked like a natural with that glue gun :)

Stacey said...

What a neat idea! Way to go Lexi. :)

horse loving lineman's wife said...

How creative you two are. I thought the ornament was very cool. We love extra-credit at our school too!

Joanna said...

Love that ornament. She did an excellent job!

Rambling Girl said...

Oh I love her ornament, Darlene! I plan on making some this weekend for the birds...well Lexi and I.

I just we had accorns around in my area....all the neat items and none around here. I guess we will use birdseed and peanut butter for the birds and squirals to enjoy.

Saw your parade pics and oh it looked quite balmy. I am ready for the cool weather to start here but we don't get it as cold as you all do.

Love your bowl of filler in your header.

SmilingSally said...

As a retired teacher, I must tell you that Lexi was given an unfair test! Shame on her teacher for not providing ALL materials the child needed to study.

However, your girl is a smartie, and this time, extra credit certainly paid off!

HeathahLee said...

I love using things from outside as decorations! She did a great job!

Tell her I'm right there with her on the grades. When I was in 5th grade I had a COW when my science project (that I did horribly on...I'm a writer, not an engineer! : ) )brought my grade down to a "C"!!! I cried so hard. But the next report card I brought it back up to an A thank goodness. : )

Deb said...

Love this pinecone! Lexi did a fabulous job & it will look gorgeous on the Christmas tree at school. It looks like something the squirrels would love hanging out in the garden too :-)

Lisa & Gerald said...

That's beautiful...What a great idea..Glad to hear she feeling better..

jennykate77 said...

I love the pinecone ornament! That's so great that Lexi could use it for extra credit!!

Hope you guys are having a great week!!♥

Caren said...

That's a great idea, I sure would love to see the finished tree... perhaps Mommy should go in and ask if she can take a few pictures for all her blog readers! LOL! I'm sure the teacher would understand.

Good for Lexi for doing the extra credit and it sounds like perfect timing too. It came out really cute!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What to go, Lexi! That's a wonderful ornament and a very talented young crafter you have there, Darlene!

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Make that "WAY" to go! Typo Queen rides again. ;-)

Cindi said...

GREAT Job Lexi! I love the ornament! It's right up my nature girl, Allison's, alley! I've got too much going on this year but maybe next year, I'll encourage her to do an all nature homemade tree!

Thanks for the inspiration Lexi!

JC said...

I love extra credit ...

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

HI Sweet Girl! HOw are you doing today? We are cold cold cold! The snow has melted but the chilly temps have stayed. Love what little Lexi is up to...I love pinecones! I know you are proud of your girl. I would be too.
Blessings,
Debbie

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
Lexi's nature ornament is lovely. She did really well making that herself. Glad it helped improve her score. Hopefully the school will taking into account that she didn't have the book to study from. That seems really unfair.
Lindsay
x

Shelia said...

Hi Darlene! Oh, this is so cute. Lexi did a great job! Love she can get extra credit for this.
Thanks for popping in to see my decorations!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Heather said...

i love her ornament! it turned out beautifully :)

Farm Chick Paula said...

That is so pretty, Darlene!! Lexi is a real whiz with the hot glue gun!

Carol............. said...

How cool is that?, What a fun project!

vintage girl at heart said...

Wonderful project!!! I tried to leave a comment for you and a few others yesterday too and I guess blogger was undergoing upkeep.... so I got busy around here instead. It is COLD here but sunny and bright..thank goodness!!! Have you finished your Christmas shopping etc..???

Judi said...

Hi Darlene
Lovely Christmas decoration Lexi made. It was so good and gave her the marks she needed. I hope she is feeling better now.
Hope you are enjoying getting your Christmas in place...and making plans and helping Santa along the way too.
have a great day
Judi

JEWELGIRLS KATZ said...

Extra credit just when she needed
it and a cute "natural" ornament
idea. Thanks also for the snow effect
for blogger I added it to the other
snowflakes. I like it when the snow
effect goes slow it last a lot longer
on the page! :) Have a great day!

Tamara Jansen said...

that is just wonderful! I love it when the kids get "hands on"

Andria said...

Very neat!

Jen's Farmily said...

I love that ornament!! That's neat that her teacher has extra credit like that. I always like little random projects in school!!

Laura said...

Adorable ornament! And you can take a pinecone, smear it with peanut butter, roll it in birdseed and hang on a tree outside for the birds!

Gretchen said...

Lexi's ornament she made is really cute. Nicholas and I planned on making some and now we'll have a great example to follow.

She's just as talented as her Mom.

Hugs,
Gretchen