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Mask creations connect students with ancient civilization

on November 4, 2019
A mask designed with small tiles of different colors.

Middle School students in the multi-age classroom (MAC) have been studying ancient civilizations, including the Aztec peoples who flourished in central Mexico between the 14th and 16th century.

As part of the applied learning component of the unit, and with the help of teachers and parent volunteers, students recreated a type of Aztec mask decorated with colorful mosaics. 

The project was made possible by MAC parent and local artist, Femi Ford, who donated hand-dyed dough tiles in the traditional colors, masks and other decorative materials.

 

Students working on their mask projectsThe Multi-Age Classroom (MAC)Several masks are exhibited on a long table

MAC is the Middle School progression of the Partners in Education (PIE). Also known as the Orange Team, MAC multi-age grouping of students in grades 5 and 6 encourages noncompetitive, collaborative social interaction and supports each child their own learning continuum. Students have the opportunity to be both mentor and mentee.

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