As part of our integrated garbology unit last year, 5th and 6th graders at the Lab School used tiles destined for the landfill to learn art and math and also beautify an old counter top.
The 5th and 6th grade art classes painted the floor tiles while learning about color, pattern and design then passed the painted tiles on to the 6th grade math classes. The 6th graders carefully measured the counter top and calculated how many tiles were required to cover it. They then calculated the number of tiles each student would arrange to cover the top and partitioned the counter top into sections for each student. Students arranged the tiles into designs they liked and attached the tiles to the top of the counter.
Presto! One ugly counter top plus a box of unwanted tiles turned into an attractive space in the classroom!