Our study of the Chinook people allowed us to become familiar with a monster named Itc!e’xyan (we opted to just call him “River Monster”). Apparently, this monster would churn up the river by The Dalles and gobble up the animal people who were in their canoes. Coyote found a very clever way to rescue his friends. We used the small boxes you sent to make our own river monsters, complete with small animals in his belly.
In addition to hearing this legend, the children also got to pantomime other legends. We practiced using exaggerated facial expressions and clever movements to tell stories.
On Wednesday, the fire fighters visited us to teach us about fire safety. This is an annual tradition that the children really enjoy. They get to see the rigs up close and find out what they can do to ensure they are safe in the event of a fire. Oct. 15th noon-4pm is Open House at the Fire Station. This is always a lot of fun. Stop by!
Picture Day was Tuesday. The kids all looked adorable, despite the fact our turn was right after recess. Pictures usually come in a month or two and then there’s a re-take day. Class composites arrive later in the year.
Thursday was the BIG field trip. It was great. After over an hour on the bus, we enjoyed learning about gorge history at The Dalles Discovery Center. We also listened to a presentation and watched slides showing sights and items related to the Chinook people. After touring the museum, we saw some of the oldest pictographs in the northwest at Columbia Hills State Park in Washington (across the river from The Dalles). The children made detailed drawings to aide a future art project
Both teachers have seen a burst of ambitious writing during Writers’ Workshop. Nearly all of the “red dots” are working on “gutsy writing”, making brave approximations of how to spell words. This week, the “red dots” had the option to write in 6-page mini books instead of single sheets of writing paper. Almost everyone felt up to this challenge! Mrs. Shaw notes that among the “blue dots”, many of the children are now writing multi-page stories with lengthy sentences.