The 3rd Grade Team has been wondering:
How will we write a play that helps tell some of the unknown stories of Oregon history?
We decided to begin by immersing the children in wonderful places that are rich in historical stories.
What historical stories did you find and imagine when we were at the Cathapotle Plankhouse?
Peter- I discovered that they could make ink from the oak galls, Lewis and Clark were walking down a path. They are out of ink for their journals. They see Cathapotle people and they show them how to make ink from the galls.
Quinny- I imagined a little boy who lives in the plankhouse. He has 6 siblings. It is hard to live in there, it is so crowded. A man comes through the door forward because he doesn’t know to come in backwards, everyone is scared because they don’t know him.
Ms. B to Quinny- I am curious to see how you resolve that misunderstanding?
Lily- In my story a girl’s parents die when she is little. The tribe takes care of her, she asks to go outside and she goes off and wanders off into another village. She went in forwards to another hut because she thought it was her village. People were scared of her, not notice that she was a little kid. They almost killed her, I am acting as her, next I will write that the tribe felt sorry for her and take care of her, they adopt her.
Leoni- I am thinking about a boy who lives a pretty normal life back then. Someone comes in forwards and everyone freaks. They got their spears ready then stop because that person didn’t mean harm, didn’t recognize him because he fell in the mud,
Ms. Baker to Leoni- I wonder how you might explain more clearly why they did not recognize him?
Jia- I’m a girl who is very hungry. My father goes on hike to get oak galls to get ink for my mother who is writing a letter and runs out of ink. The girl was trying to find her father to see what he was up to. She found him and said, what are you doing? He said, I’m getting galls for ink for mom. They were still talking and the girl told her dad then that they needed to go to find food.
Ms. Baker to Jia- I wonder what you will do next? Jia- I will add that she needs to tell her dad why she is hungry and that they are running out of food.
Will- I imagined an ant story, a boy was drawing the ant, the boy was thinking about the ant’s ancestors and wondered, was it here when the Cathapotle were here? The ant says yes! The ant went into Cathapotle houses then went on to donut rock- weight for fishing- the boy was holding the rock and the ant was there and talked to him.
Ms. Baker to Will- What will happen next? I can’t wait to hear more.
Soren- I wrote about a boy. He has lots of family members who are busy in his house. He goes out one day with a cousin and dad. They go to a lake and see birds circling looking for fish, the birds dive down and they watch them. One comes out super fast and it has turned blue. They go to the Tyee and tell him the story and he tells people to ask another tribe.
-Ms. Baker to Soren: This reminds me of a Porquoi tale. Soren:Yeah, it is about how the blue heron came to be Lily: It reminds me of that book, How the zebra got its stripes.
Ms. B:Soren, I wonder if you might want to look at that to get more ideas for your story.
Flynn- My story is short. I am a boy of the Chinook tribe. There are 70 people in the house. The dad is a hunter, the mom gathers roots, the bro is a throw nuts at my head person, and I am a fire tender and a fisher, I also help my parents. I once caught 600 fish and then I lost them in the fire…. They lasted for a whole year, my dad killed a cow.
Ms. Baker to Flynn: I wonder if you might want to do some research to find what kinds of big game were in this area at that time and I know a story of cow wandering away, we might want to look at that together.
James- My story is like Flynn’s. I am a cathlapotle child. Inside my house there are 2 fires that burn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are smoke holes. (He explains in great detail how the water evaporates before landing inside) It is cramped. They all sleep in same bunk as family. James did math of how many people there would be in each bed if the house had 70 people in it.
Victoria- I wrote the perspective of a Cathapotle girl. I have a pet doe, my tribe is fasting. It is hard to find food even though my father isTyee. We are fasting to get more food. The doe is named Hazel. We were walking down a path, spotted a blue heron, neither of us made a sound, 2 men coming towards us but they do not notice the blue heron trying to take acorns off a White Oak. A Scrub Jay on the tree is trying to protect acorns because it’s his food. He bit the men, the heron was gone, another plank house is in the distance there was a boy outside….
Ms. B to Victoria: What will happen next? We can’t wait to hear what happens when the girl and boy meet.
Ada- I imagined a Cathapotle girl and her friends playing and then one day one of the plank houses burn down with people in it, some escape. The tribe works together to rebuild.
Ms. B to Ada: I wonder what will happen next? I also think you might find it interesting to do some research to see why sometimes the Cathatpotle did burn their house down. Why do you think they would do that?
Catherine- As we left off from when I read to everyone earlier, I,(the acorn) was on the ground, bad place for an acorn to be. Hooves are coming toward me. I saw a deer. (Catherine talks about everything that eats acorns and then not get eaten and have several close calls) In the end a Cathapotle girl will come and crack him open. That’s my plan.
Uma- My family lives altogether with one married older sister. They all sleep together. All the relatives live here all their lives, tend the fire, banging on the house, everyone always enters in backwards. What is the horrible noise? They all go running out to attack.
Ms. B to Uma- Can you explain in more detail what the knocking is and what it makes them think before they go rushing out? That might help it to be more clear to your audience.
Ben- My story I found was about how the Cathapotle/ Chinook had to work together. They could do anything by teamwork. It would have been hard if one person alone had to survive back then. Just imagine trying to make a plankhouse alone!
Theo- My story is from the perspective of nobody in particular. The Tyee is sick. The people run to the river to see if there are people to trade with, to find medicine to trade for. They can’t find OR grape or snowberry, one kid knows they way back because they were lost. Eventually they will find OR grape medicine to help him.
Charlotte- Once there was a little girl who lived w/ 60 people. There was a fire kept in the house for 24 hours, 7 days a week. There is no chimney open for smoke to go out, so the smoke goes out through a hole in the roof. The old oak (I think it was between 300-1,000 years old) tree is so happy in their village and there are oak galls on the old oak tree. The little girl’s name is Charlotte. There was an attack, everyone died except Charlotte, there was no where to live but with the animals so she survived with the animals like Sam Gribley that we are reading about in My Side of the Mountain.
Jon- Everyone always went in backwards to the plankhouse. In my story someone went in forwards, then he came in w/ a spear. He was a tough fighter and destroyed all of them but one kid who ran away to another tribe. 20 yrs later Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to Oregon, so they set off to the Missouri River. They stopped at the Rocky Mountains and went hunting for elks… after hard times they finally got to Oregon.
Aaren- What I learned yesterday was what oak galls are good for, making ink. Can you believe that they used that ink for the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. I didn’t know what part you could eat from the acorn until we cracked it open,and found the soft part inside. I cracked open the oak gall and it was fuzzy and sticky inside.
What things do you notice that the stories you found had in common? What should we do with these stories?
Will- I think we should make those into one story. We should put going into house forward into that story.
Lily- There should be deer and elk in our play. Those were important animals in the area.
Jon- Since only girl and a boy survive. We could put in our story that they find each other and make friends.
Ben- The stories we collect we could add a few things in to make it more realistic so it is more real historical facts for our play.
Uma- The acorn/ ant/ gall could connect - I like the ideas of the perspective of something not human in our story.
Quinny- I notice that a lot of people say it is hard to live in a crowded house.
Catherine- I think we need something threatening, a sickness, fire, people attacking Good stories have a problem, if we share our stories we can find things that connect our stories and give each other ideas for our final play.
Responding to Our Field Studies
Photos of our Field Studies
Next week we will have our conferences! Please take some time before your conference to talk to your child.
-Are there things you would like me to ask or let Ms. Baker know?
-What are ways that we can help and support you to face your challenges?
-What are you most proud of that you have done in 3rd Grade so far?
-Is there anything you want Ms. Baker to show us when we are there?
-What do you think Ms. Baker will celebrate about your work in 3rd Grade?
-What do you think she will want you to work on?