Throughout the school year, third graders became experts on the Northeastern region of the United States. First researching and reporting on the native animals and land formations and finally, the most anticipated part of their social studies unit – learning about the Northeastern Native American communities. During the study students learned about the way of life and culture of our native people.
This study included research, activities and explorations, in addition to visits to the American Museum of Natural History’s Native American exhibits. To finalize their studies students celebrated with a fun arts and crafts day and each class planted the 3-sisters garden.
In the Native American study we had three groups: food; shelter; and clothing. We made books, trifolds and posters. Also, in the yard we planted the 3-sisters: corn; beans and squash – then we celebrated Native American craft day. We made corn husk dolls, pottery and false face masks then we showed them to our parents at the publishing party. – Miles C. 3-305
On arts and crafts day students learned about the Legend of the Corn Husk Doll, made clay pots and discovered why false face masks were important to their culture.
The students planted and celebrate the Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash. According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together.
Children gained an appreciation for life of our native peoples and had a great time in this comprehensive, hands-on unit. Many thanks to the 3rd grade teacher for keeping it fun.