The Three Life-Giving Sisters: Plant Cultivation and Mohican Innovation

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Children gain first-hand experience with Native American agriculture while investigating the life cycle of plants with this engaging experiment. Focusing on what the natives called the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash - young scientists germinate and grow seeds in order to learn about plant life and understand why the Mohicans chose to grow these plants alongside one another. Use this cross-curricular science and social studies lesson to provide a rich context for studying plant life and its importance to Native American culture.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Offers tips for teaching and modifying the lesson
  • Includes a visual arts activity that extends learning about the Three Sisters
  • Provides an idea for a service learning project related to the lesson
Cons

  • Performing a plant growing experiment requires significant preparation and the purchase of numerous materials
  • Requires explicit instruction on the life cycle of flowering plants