Curriculum Highlights

Key Learning Objectives: Students will learn about:

  1.  The traditional Native American practice of planting beans, corn and squash together in the same plot.
  2. How the growth habits and biology of certain plants can complement each other to form a symbiotic or mutually beneficial relationship.
  3. How to design a watering system that will maintain plant growth with the minimal amount of water.Learn about what a watershed is and how it is influenced by pollution, especially fertilizers and pesticides.
  4. Learn how the Stemple Creek watershed impacts the Petaluma River Watershed
  5. Compare and contrast local native population, the Coast Miwok, and the Iroquois practices

Participating Schools: Two Rock Elementary

Lead Teachers: Jan Brogan, Pat Godoski

Participating Classes: TK-6

Overview: Students will answer the question "How will plants co-habitat in an effort to conserve water and produce food for sustainability?" The three sisters all complement each other nutritionally, providing people with sources of both starch, and proteins along with diverse vitamins and minerals. Corn supports bean vines, beans put nitrogen back into the soil while squash benefits from both.

Fieldwork Activities

One visit to the garden to observe and prepare soil for planting.

One or two visits for design of the watering system.

Many more for planting and continued observations of the growing process.

CA Curriculum Standards Addressed

Content Standards addressed: Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information