Making Mosaics

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In this archaeology meets art activity, learners make a mosaic and consider the ways in which art communicates. Educators can tie this activity to the study of the Petra site (an ancient city in the Middle East) or any ancient culture/site. Learners discuss the history and use of mosaics and then plan and construct their own mosaics out of cut paper. This can be a whole class activity as well, combining students' mosaics into a large display.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • paper for sketching
  • pencils
  • colored pencils (including white ones)
  • black 12" x 18" matte poster board
  • glue sticks
  • construction paper in many colors
  • scissors
  • envelopes


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
  • Life Sciences
    • Evolution
      • History of Life
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Historical Reenactment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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