Connect, Explore, Engage Template-Three Sisters Garden
Students will read and discuss the legends of three inseparable sisters, corn, bean, and squash, who only grow and thrive together. This relates to the tradition of interplanting corn, beans, and squash in the same mounds, which is widespread among Native American farming societies. It is a sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet for generations. The students will also develop an understanding of symbiotic relationships found between organisms living in the same ecosystems.
Growing a Three Sisters Garden
Abstract:Students will read and discuss the legends of three inseparable sisters, corn, bean, and squash, who only grow and thrive together. This relates to the tradition of interplanting corn, beans, and squash in the same mounds, which is widespread among Native American farming societies. It is a sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet for generations. The students will also develop an understanding of symbiotic relationships found between organisms living in the same ecosystems.
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Instructional Materials Needed (if applicable):
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits,
motivations, or feelings) and explain how their
actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
ELS.EX2.A.i Analyze a system to break it down into its component parts to understand their interconnectedness in forming the whole system. Identify a familiar system, differentiate and relate ideas, identify nested systems, consider perspectives and alternative boundaries, and name parts of relationships. Describe how perspective is comprised of both a point and a view.
Evidence of Need:
The students need to develop an understanding of the symbiotic relationships between organisms in various ecosystems.
Evidence of Success:
The students will be able to explain the symbiotic relationship between the corn, beans, and squash in a Three Sisters Garden. They will analyze the character traits of the three sisters in the folktale. They will compare the interdependence of the characters in the story to that of the plants in the garden ecosystem. Students will observe the codependence of the plants as they grow in their own Three Sisters Garden.
Inquiry Experience 1
Setting and Estimated Time: Classroom, 60 minutes.
Learning Target: I can describe the character traits of each sister in the folktale: The Three Sisters. I can explain the central message or moral of the story by retelling the key details.
Formative Assessment: Students will complete the Three Sisters Investigation Worksheet.
Activity 1: Legend of Three Sisters Folktale
Inquiry Experience 2
Setting and Estimated Time: School Garden Area, 60 minutes
Learning Target: I can plant a Three Sisters Garden and describe the codependence of the plants in their ecosystem.
Formative Assessment: The students will draw a diagram of a Three Sisters Garden including captions that explain the symbiotic relationship of the plants.
Activity 2: Planting a Three Sisters Garden
Inquiry Experience 3
Setting and Estimated Time: School Grounds or Home, 60 minutes
Learning Target: I can identify symbiotic relationships in nature.
Formative Assessment: Students will upload pictures of symbiotic relationships that they see in nature to the Siftr app.
1. Share the Symbiotic Relationships slide share to explain/show examples of the five major types of these relationships found in nature. https://www.slideshare.net/emneistadt/ecology-symbiotic-relationships
2. Show students how to use the Siftr app. Take them outdoors to find symbiotic relationships. https://siftr.org/36120/
3. Tell students to find other examples to upload at home or in other places around your community.
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