St. James classes were offered the opportunity to do a community service project with the residents at Cornerstone Retirement Community. We painted all different types of rocks with the residents, which will then be placed all over the community. This is part of a larger "Spread the Kindness" project, and each rock has our school hashtag and instructions to post a picture of the rocks on Facebook. The kids thoroughly enjoyed painting with the residents. They showed impressive creative skills as well as practiced their manners and social skills with the residents. Everyone had a really great time!
Another fun October activity for the 6th grade has been our unit of study on ancient Egypt. Our Egyptian Fair is coming up soon, and I will save most details of this amazing event for my next post. However, since today is Halloween, I will share one fun science activity we did in our Egypt unit. Mummification is one of ancient Egypt's most well-known rituals. In studying the reasons behind this, the process, and the procedure, we mummified apple slices in different combinations of salts. We applied the scientific method and went through the process of hypothesizing, researching, observing, and concluding. Most of the class felt that iodized salt and Epsom salt preserved the apples the best. What a fun and hands-on way to study something that's actually kind of gross!