The boy's school is famous for assigning huge projects. They are imaginative (create an African newspaper), sometimes traditional (make a poster about a current world event), forward thinking (make a power point presentation on a country's inventions) and always involve as much time on the presentation as on content. Here is the boy's take on a mobile representing the taiga biome. He did all the research. I helped print the pictures and his dad helped him construct the physical object. Even his sister helped with the drawing of a food web attached to the bottom. William chose pictures from flickr, where I directed him to the creative-commons licensed ones whenever possible. Phew -- it takes me right back to middle school, every night, in my dreams.