Iroquois’ Three Sisters in Agriculture & Nutrition

Iroquois Three Sisters lesson plan

Students will discover the practical application of why corn, beans, and squash are considered “three sisters” in agriculture by reading the legend of the “Three Sisters” and preparing a traditional succotash.


What Pilot Light Teachers are saying:

“This Pilot Light lesson allowed my students to experience vegetables that they are not familiar with. It allowed them to try foods in a natural state with no cooking or toppings added. It also brought their learning to life. Not only were they able to read, illustrate and understand a folktale of the three sisters, but they were able to tie it to actual experience. They are then bringing their comprehension and experiences together to solidify their understanding.” – 3rd grade teacher

Lesson Topics:

Three Sisters, ecosystems, nutrition

Curricular Connections:

Common Core English Language Arts:
Grades 3-5 Reading: Literature: Key Ideas and Details (Standard 3) & Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
(Standard 9)

Illinois Social Science Learning Standards:
Grades 3-5: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Place, Regions, and Cultures
Grades 4-5: Geography: Human Population: Spatial Patterns and Movements

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