Grades 3 and 4 will be studying the history of New York State this year. We have began our unit with learning about the elements of culture within the Algonquian and Iroquios tribes. One aspect of their culture we focused on was their farming, specifically the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash.
The Three Sisters were planted in a uniform manner: the corn was planted first, given time to grow tall. Next, the beans were planted around the base of the corn, allowing the vines to grow up and around the corn stalk, eliminating the need for a bean pole. Lastly, the squash was planted around the first two plants. This allowed the large leaves of the squash plant to shade the soil, maintaining the moisture, and keep weeds at a minimum.
There were multiple uses of these vegetables, but of course their main purpose was to provide food! The students and I took this opportunity to create a practical meal that the Native American farmers would prepare: Three Sister's Soup! Click the link below to get he recipe!