Lesson Plan: Indian Pride: Ep. 9, Part 1: Health and Healing: G9-12

Written By: Pamela J. Vukelic: Bismarck High School, Bismarck, ND
Grade Level: 9 - 12

Time Allotment

3 Class periods


Three Sisters Gardens: Nutritious, ecologically compatible and integral to many Native American tribes

Subject Matter

Family and Consumer Science

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
• Use the ten key vocabulary words in a sentence
• Describe the make-up of a Three Sisters Garden
• Explain how the crops interact and depend on one another in the growing process
• Explain two ways in which the Three Sisters Garden is ecologically sound
• Explain two ways in which Native American gardeners plan for more than their own immediate needs
• Compare the nutrients provided by the three crops
• Prepare at least one recipe incorporating the three crops


“My Relatives Say: Earth Beans” story told by Mary Louise Defender Wilson, recorded by Makoche Studios, Bismarck, ND, 2001. Handout titled “The Three Sisters” Handout titled “Nutrients” Handout titled “Vocabulary Practice” Recipe incorporating Three Sisters ingredients

Student Handouts:

  1. IP Handout2 109 G9-12
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  2. IP Handout 109 G9-12
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