Friday, March 23, 2012

Chumash Experience!

As we studied the book, we learned quite a bit about
Chumash life.
This week we were able to experience
a little of what it was like to 
live as a Chumash Indian!

Watch our slide show to see what kinds of
work we did!

Hard-working Chumash! on PhotoPeach


What did you learn during our Chumash experience?

What facts about the Chumash can you share?


  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Dylan liked the spindle to try to make smoke with the fire board.

    Eve liked cracking acorns with the rock.

    We loved the experience we had.

    Yours Truly,

    Dylan and Eve

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    We enjoyed making string out of the Yucca plant. First we pounded the Yucca plant till it was flat. Next we soaked the Yucca plant in water for 2 minutes. When it was soft, we took it out of the water to make string. We hope you like what we shared.

    Best Wishes,
    Grace and Nate

  3. Arielle and VanessaMarch 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    We were trying to make smoke with the tools that we had that were the fire board and the spindle. We were also trying make bowls out of sandstone, and the tool to shape it was a rock.

    We really had a great time.

    Your classmates,
    Arielle and Vanessa

  4. Dear Class,

    Josh's favorite thing was grinding the acorns. Adam's favorite thing was making the rock bowls.

    We learned how to make heat using a fire board and spindle. We also learned that sometimes the Chumash used yucca as a paintbrush. We hope you enjoyed the facts we've shared with you.

    Josh and Adam♔

  5. Bella and Quynh-AnhMarch 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Bella and I both enjoyed making the Yucca string. First, we gently tapped the Yucca with a rock. Secondly, we soaked it in water to loosen the fibers. The water suddenly got sudsy. The Chumash used the water as soap and shampoo. Lastly, we peeled the Yucca and made string!

    All in all, we had lots of fun. We can't wait to do it again.

    Quynh-Anh and Bella

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    We thought the Chumash experience was really interesting. Our two favorite activities were acorn grinding and making string from yucca plant. The first step for grinding acorns is to break the shell to get the meat out. The second step is to grind the meat from the acorn with a rock.Then you have acorn flour!
    If you want to make string, you have to first smash yucca with a rock. Then you soak it water. After that you peel it. Now you have some string! I hope you liked the facts that we shared with you.

    Nicole & Sydney

  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I loved the things that we experienced and learned during the Chumash presentation!
    Specifically, the things I liked learning the most was how to make fire with a spindle and a fire board. I also enjoyed learning how to make rock bowls with a rock. Did you like learning these two things also?

    See you in a couple of hours,


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