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Re: Roman mosaics/injuries

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MPBC90
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 23:21:14 EST


Let me clarify my process a bit more, as I had not a single injury with this
project, and I did it with K-6. I just varied the base of wood for each
grade. The K-3 had a piece around 3" x 6". I was very careful to demonstrate
the proper "pounding" technique, with the tile between computer paper (the
folded type, so you can double it up!) and I showed them that they needed to
be very careful with the pieces. The tile did not break into "shards" at all.
The irregular pieces were the beauty of it! Many took incredible care to go
back with certain colors and pound a little bit more for their design. For
the younger ones, I kept the pieces (from each class, as there are leftovers)
in a big tin drawer and didn't have them pounding so much, as concentrating on
"fitting" the pieces. They (K-1) were allowed as many colors as they could
find in the drawer. The middle (2-3) could choose only 2 colors (these were
square 2" x 2" tiles). The older (4-6) were allowed more liberties with
colors and pieces. I did show the kids that if you really really rubbed the
edge hard with your finger, you could cut yourself! I also created a
'competition' of sorts, between the classes, bragging that "Mrs. So-and-So's
class had not a single pounded finger or cut, so let's see if YOU can show me
how careful you can be, too!" Seriously, it would take a lot of work to cut
through skin with these tiles. Experiment on your own, first. Demonstrate
with EACH class. I really had a great time with this project, and the results
were absolutely fabulous. Perhaps different tiles (the more glass-like ones?)
would result in super sharp edges, but these were bathroom/floor tiles,
ceramic, and truly not as dangerous as you seem to think.
Mary-Pat Clemens