Help a Sister Out

Students will explore Native American culture and planting techniques, then compare and contrast planting techniques then and now.

Concepts: Culture, Native American History, Plants

Essential Questions

  • How did the Creek and Cherokee use the natural resources of the land where they lived?
  • How does the culture of the Creek and Cherokee compare to our local culture?
  • How can we provide or protect what plants need to thrive and grow?

Standards Addressed

  • SS2H2a. Students will describe the region in Georgia where the Creek and Cherokee lived and how the people used their local resources.
  • SS2H2b. Students will compare and contrast the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past to Georgians today.
  • S1L1a. Students will identify the basic needs of a plant: air, water, light, nutrients.
  • (see¬†Square Foot Garden¬†lesson plans)

Recommended Resources

In the Three Sisters Garden

Author(s): Joanne Dennee

Publication Year: 1996

Sister Corn, Sister Squash, and Sister Bean introduce children to gardening in two distinct year-long adventures that explore the ancient wisdoms of the land. Each is a unique journey through the four seasons, rich with earth-friendly gardening methods, history, hands-on act

Roots, Shoots, Buckets Boots: Gardening Together with Children

Author(s): Sharon Lovejoy

Publication Year: 1999

Here are 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together, connecting children to nature through gardening.