Day 9

Day 9:  Read Design Flaws and answer the questions on notebook paper.  Also read for the 25 book challenge:)

Design Flaws

By Kelly Hashway

Amara clicked pause on the video and ran to the craft drawer in the kitchen.

“What are you doing?” Amelia asked her.

“I need supplies to make this doll tree house I saw online,” Amara said, digging through the drawer and taking out the glue stick, scissors, ribbon, and popsicle sticks.

“You’re making a tree house for your dolls?” Amelia asked.

“Yeah, there’s a step-by-step tutorial online. It shouldn’t be too hard to do.” Amara took her supplies and headed back to the computer in the living room. She pressed play on the video and tried to keep up with the woman on the screen as she assembled the tree house.

Amelia watched over Amara’s shoulder. “This looks pretty tough, Amara. Don’t be upset if your tree house doesn’t come out exactly like that one.”

“Why wouldn’t it? I’m following the directions.” Amara kept working. “Okay. Let me know if you want any help.”
“I’ve got this,” Amara insisted.
Amelia shrugged and left the room.

Two hours later, Amara stared at her tree house. “I don’t get it.” “What?” Amelia asked, walking back into the living room.


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“I did everything the woman said, but my tree house isn’t as smooth as hers. There’s this bump here, and the newspaper left wrinkles on this side.” Amara slumped back on the couch. “I wasted my afternoon for nothing.”

Amelia leaned down, examining the tree house. “What if you drew some lines here to make these wrinkles look like tree bark? And this bump could be a knot in the tree.”

“But the tutorial didn’t show either of those things,” Amara complained.

“So? Why does your tree house have to be exactly the same? Make it unique. I bet you can come up with a few ideas that lady didn’t even think of.” Amelia smiled at Amara.

Amara cocked her head at the tree house. “Maybe I could hollow that bump out and put an owl in the hole.”

“That would be awesome,” Amelia said. “See, sometimes design flaws lead to more creative things.”

“And if I make vines down this side, it would cover the wrinkles and give my dolls something to swing on. It can be a jungle tree house,” Amara said. She smiled at her sister. “You’re right, Amelia. I’m glad my tree house didn’t come out like the one in the video. It’s better.”



Name: ______________________________

  1. What is Amara making?
    a. a tree house for her friends               b.  a tree house for her doll

    c. a fort to play in                      d.  a doghouse

  2. Where did Amara learn how to make her project?  a.  her sister   b.  a book  c.  an instruction manual  d.  an online tutorial


  1. 3.  Choose three words that describe how Amara was feeling after working on her project for two hours.  (happy, upset, frustrated, proud, annoyed, excited, worried, cheerful)

  2. Why did Amara feel that she wasted her afternoon? ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. How did Amelia help to change Amara's attitude about her project? What happened as a result of this? 


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