Safety first! Keeping with that motto we began our week with a visit from the Corbett Volunteer Fire Department. We reviewed what we have learned from their visits over the past years and then viewed a brand new DVD on home safety. Prevention is a great way to keep safe. Talk with you child about what you can do around your house to help prevent fires and home accidents. Be sure to visit the Corbett Fire Department on Saturday for more information.
Our science unit on Matter and Energy moved into the light! We learned that light travels in straight lines from a light source. Light bounces (reflects) and that an object is seen only when light from that object enters our eyes. We talked about the colors of a rainbow and that white light is a mixture of all of those colors. Light can either be absorbed or reflected by matter. Next week we will be looking at how colors of an object are a result of the light it reflects.
We began our informational books on the Chinook. We are using our notes that we have been taking over the past few weeks. Each book will need a cover, a title page, a table of contents, and information about the people such as: values, children, families, homes, tools, government, and other important information. Each page will also need an illustration.
On Wednesday we constructed our long houses in teams of three and four. Thanks to Mr. Wilson for all of the great cedar! We were lucky that the weather cooperated and we built our houses outside. We painted boards with the ground and river (long houses were usually close to the water). Teams were asked to mark out their long house and then use clay as a base for their boards. The long houses will be on display during conferences in our commons area.
To end our week we loaded two buses with 110 kids, four teachers, and some wonderful parent volunteers. We have some many kids this year that all of our chaperons no longer fit with us in our bus, so they followed us in a couple of cars! We drove up the Columbia River and had a scavenger hunt looking for Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock, osprey nests, and more! We landed at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. At the center we were able to explore the displays about the first people of the Gorge. We saw a large replica of a cedar boat, displays on the Ice Age and the Missoula Floods, and a we caught a glimpse of Lewis and Clark, which will be our next unit of study in November and December.
We listened to a presentation about the first people and learned a few more things about the Native Americans. They also passed around some pretty cool things for us to see up close. The people at the center were very impressed by the knowledge that we already had acquired prior to the presentation. We were also complimented on our behavior while at the center!
We loaded the buses up and headed over The Dalles Bridge to the state of Washington. Going over the bridge we were able to see the fishing platforms that still are used today. There were some very old ones and some that were just being constructed. Our final destination was Columbia Hills State Park for lunch and to view the petroglyphs.
Lunch by Horse Thief Lake was perfect! The kids enjoyed the warm weather and the chance to run around a bit. We then traveled a short distance to where the petroglyphs are displayed. We talk about how this place, while not the original place for the stone carvings, is considered to be a sacred area for the people of Celilo. The carvings were originally by Celilo Falls and were removed just before The Dalles Dam was built. They were stored and later moved to this park for display. All 110 kids spent about 25 minutes quietly observing and sketching the petroglyphs. It was certainly my favorite part of the trip!