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Assumption school sixth-graders, from left, Leila Jahouach, Gabi Manning, Eamon Jahouach and Miranda Hammon, show off one of the Cornish game hens.
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Pupils make fowl discoveries
in Assumption mummy project

At Assumption School in San Leandro, the sixth-grade has just wrapped up its Ancient Egypt unit in social studies. To flesh out their knowledge of mummies and mummification, the pupils began mummifying small game hens in the science lab.

They began the process during the final week of October by cleaning out the chicken/mummy and coating it in spices and salt. Each week, the pupils clean out their group's chicken and re-coat it with fresh spices and salt.

Sixth-graders have been repeating the process once a week. After five weeks, the mummies will be preserved enough to wrap in gauze with "riches of a pharaoh." They will then clean the chicken one last time, wrap it in gauze and begin decorating a shoebox sarcophagus, in which the mummies will be placed.

Each sarcophagus, created in art class, is decorated to represent the chicken mummy that the pupils have named. Some of the names are: Toasty, Batman, Unlucky Charlie and Bob the Chicken King.

This interdisciplinary unit is a partnership of Assumption School's art, science and social studies classes over the course of six weeks.

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