FoodPrints Curriculum

Three Sisters Gardens


Food History & Technology

Standards Alignment:

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

1st Grade


Spring / May


The purpose of this lesson is to learn about the Three Sisters Garden, and why Native Americans planted corn, beans, and squash together. Students will learn how these three plants benefit one another and thrive together, as well as other examples of companion planting. Students will read the legend and explore how the theme of the Three Sisters applies to their own lives, build models of the plants, and design a Three Sisters Garden. ​

Big Idea

Both plants and people can help each other grow and thrive.

Guiding Questions

Why do some plants grow together well? ​

How can we apply the lessons from legends ​
to our own lives?