Why go year after year?
- To chew on a stalk of sugar cane--tastes like candy!
- To participate as craftspeople demonstrate crafts like spinning, candle making, and cane grinding
- To visit the craft booths of local crafters
But in my mind's eye I can still clearly see the woman who made and sold these earrings. She had long wavy hair, graying in streaks, into which she braided feathers, shells, twigs, and even snakeskin. She sold clay earrings that she had sculpted, glazed, and fired. At the festival, she stood at a card table draped with black cloth, selling her wares. I bought earrings or a pin each year, chosen with the help of my young children. I wish I'd bought more.
I wore these fish today as we began to research the native peoples who made their homes in Northwestern North America. They ate lots of fish and other denizens of the seas--whales and seals, salmon and halibut. As they read about the lives of these people, my students discovered fascinating details: These people lit their homes with dried fish, called candlefish! This group ate acorns, earthworms, and grasshoppers! Wow! Windows made of seal gut!
As we cleaned up at the end of class, George announced, "This was the best Social Studies class ever!" Independent research, filling out charts and coloring maps. How I love to empower 3rd graders as they make the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.