Yes, that’s mini weapons of mass destruction, which is my new teaching fad.  Here’s the book I’m using.  Talk about cool.weapons 3

So this book has catapults, bows and arrows, crossbows, and ballistae, all made with craft sticks, rubber bands, and the like.  To get very teacher-y, it’s perfect for learning to follow sequential steps using diagrams and text; practicing fine motor skills; examining probability, data collection, and measurement; and learning about the history of knighthood, etc.   And self-control.  Did I mention not shooting your teacher or classmates?  This volume and its companions are guaranteed to add intrigue and possible lawsuits to anyone’s teaching career.  For craft-challenged folks like me, this is a win-win.  Much better than Vladimir, my turkey pumpkin, right?