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Clay Management Needed!


Date: Sun Nov 18 2001 - 22:52:47 PST

After the long weekend I'm thinking maybe I should bite the bullet
and start a clay project. Still waiting for the electrician to come and
check the kiln, but 4 bags of clay are waiting, silently and
accusingly, on the floor behind the sinks.
I haven't done any clay in 20-some-odd years, and never done
clay in a classroom, so I'm wondering if folks could help out
with some tips for the best ways to go about this.
Can't decide if I should start with the 4/5th grades, who will
have some idea of what they're doing, or with the K-1st grades,
who will not know if I've done something really wrong...
Should I invest in Rubbermaid bins to store work in progress?
Should I do all the 4/5s together (about 100 total in mixed-grade
classrooms), or do a couple or three classes at a time?
Is it ever a good idea to do the entire student body at one time?
How best to handle the introduction and clean-up, etc?
I have a book or two, but have found that this list is the best
source for quick answers and solid gold advice!
Oh! and I just read an article in SchoolArts about paddled
slab containers which sounded very intriguing... anyone done
this with elementary students?
Thanks in advance,