This week we had an opportunity to share with the other 3rd Grades about what we have been learning about the history of Oregon so far this year.
We had a quick brainstorming discussion that lasted about 20 minutes. I took notes and this is what the children said... (It was a remarkable reflection back to me that they are deeply making meaning of some difficult, abstract concepts.)
Leoni- We have been talking about who lived in Oregon First. Some of the first people in Oregon were the Kalapuuya and the Chinook. We learned yesterday from Mrs. Hill that there is evidence of the first people in the Willamette Valley from 12-15,000 years ago.
Will suggested that it was important for Ada to share: In studying about the Chinook I found a creation story that the Chinook tell about how they came to be created and live along the Columbia River. (Ada reads short summary of story)
|In the beginning, the first men came down from the sky. They were Thunderbird's children.|
|Thunderbird laid eggs on Saddle Mountain and a giantess rolled 5 of the eggs down the mountain.|
|Five men, each a different color, were born from those 5 eggs. So then they were in the valley.|
|When the men were in the valley they found women there and pulled them out of the rocks. That was the beginning of the Chinook people.|
Charlotte- Long ago life was a lot harder than it is now.
Aaren/ Soren- People had to really work together and be prepared so that they could survive in the wild. You couldn’t just wake up and have a waffle everyday.
Victoria, Catherine, Uma, and Peter all shared- We have learned that many of the stories about how people survived long ago are hidden stories that haven’t been told. Like did you know that Sacagawea had another child other than Pomp? She had a little girl named Lisset Charbonneau!
Theo/Jia- All of these stories are important to know about history. They are interesting.
Lily-We shouldn't hide them, they are like a missing puzzle piece.
Quinny- These hidden stories tell about different perspectives. Like Native Americans and Fur Trappers think different things because they grew up in different places, with different backgrounds, cultures, and genes.
James- If you have always done something the same way, it can be hard to imagine how to do life differently.
Will- They can then make stereotypes about other people and their culture.
Flynn- Stereotypes are when you think something is like something but you don’t have proof about it like, all girls like pink. Some schools are stereotyping Native Americans. Some of their mascots are offensive to Native Americans because they are thinking that they look like something that they aren’t. Like all Native Americans have red skin.
Ada- When you hear a story from long ago you may make a stereotype like in this painting called the Fur Trapper’s Bride. How can we know how the bride feels? Is she happy to get married or does she feel like she is being traded.
Jonathan-Acting out history helps find hidden stories. Then we can experience what people of the past might have done or said.
Flynn- We don’t want to make any stereotypes in our play.
We now have the heart or message of our story that we want to tell in our play. These powerful words from the children will be a touchstone that we come back to as we write our script to make sure that the words and actions we use send the message of what we have learned.
Ask your child:
-What do you think your act of the play should be about?
-What do you hope people will learn from watching the 3rd Grade play?
-What questions did you have about the sharing the other 3rd Graders did? What do you want to know more about?