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The Three Sisters: American Indian Stories

from Booth Museum

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FREE DURING MARCH! Learn about The Three Sisters through American Indian oral tradition and artmaking!  Participants will learn about the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois and Cherokee people's dependency on three important crops while examining the science behind these resources. Participants will discuss the message of the story of The Three Sisters and act out the story with simple, guided movements-- using artwork as an inspiration. Participants complete the program with their own artwork! Original illustrations and hands-on interaction bring this program to life for younger students!

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Multipoint: $95.00
Multipoint Premium: $95.00
Point to Point: $95.00
Point to Point Premium: $90.00
By Request: $95.00
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40 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Sciences, Literacy, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Booth Museum

Cartersville, GA
United States

The Booth Museum, in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia. The Booth is home to the largest collection of American Western artwork on exhibition in the nation, including historical and contemporary American Indian art and artifacts. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and was ranked at the #1 art museum in the nation by USA Today, Readers Choice Awards. It was also named the 2016 Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year from the Southeast Tourism Society.

The Booth offers interactive virtual field trips infusing the arts with other disciplines such as social studies, history, science, language arts, literacy and STEAM.  Programs are book on demand and will engage your students in hands-on learning while appealing to multiple learning styles.  Lifelong learning programs are also available with special program topics available upon request.

Patty Dees

Program Details


1. Students discuss the connections between the Eastern Woodland American Indian tribes of the Cherokee and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois).
2. We investigate natural resources and how they shaped the lives of indigenous peoples (culture is defined).
3. A sculpture of The Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) is shared and discussed.
4. The Three Sisters story is presented through storytelling (oral history) and visual illustrations as participants act out the story through guided movement.
5. Students discuss the main ideas and meaning behind the fable.
6. Students investigate the science behind The Three Sisters crops through exploring natural resources in specific environments and how these companion crops benefit from their different structures.
7. Students are guided through a drawing activity of a member of the squash family, the pumpkin! Students explore complimentary colors, overlapping shapes, and adding personal elements into their artwork.


1. Identify regional, natural resources and importance to Indigenous cultures prior to European exploration.
2. Understand the historical context of art and artifacts from different Indigenous cultures.
3. Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.
4. Reflect on the story of The Three Sisters by identifying the main idea and message of the fable through participation in group discussion.
5. Investigate the science of how The Three Sisters benefit each other through an examination of how natural resources thrive in specific habitats, how plants areclassified as producers because they grow through processes like photosynthesis, and how each plant grows to benefit the other.
6. Create their own artwork which explores personal interests, community

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Core Arts Standards
Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
VA:Cr1.2.2a, VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr1.2.4a, VA:Cr1.2.5a.
Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
VA:Cn10.1.2a, VA:Cn10.1.3a, VA:Cn10.1.4a, VA:Cn10.1.5a.
Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
VA:Cn11.1.2a, VA:Cn11.1.3a, VA:Cn11.1.4a, VA:Cn11.1.5a.

National Standards for History
History Content Standards for Grades K-4
Topic 1: Standard 1B and 2B.
Topic 2: Standard 3A.
Topic 3: Standard 6A.

ELA Common Core Standards
Reading Standards for Literature: Grade 2. Craft and Structure 2.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 2. Comprehension and Collaboration 1.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 2. Comprehension and Collaboration 2.
Reading Standards for Literature: Grade 3. Key Ideas and Details 2.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 3. Comprehension and Collaboration 1.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 3. Comprehension and Collaboration 2.
Reading Standards for Literature: Grade 4. Key Ideas and Details 2.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 4. Comprehension and Collaboration 1.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 4. Comprehension and Collaboration 2.
Reading Standards for Literature: Grade 5. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 7.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 5. Comprehension and Collaboration 1.
Speaking and Listening Standards: Grade 5. Comprehension and Collaboration 2.

Next Generation Science Standards
Second Grade: 2. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. 2-LS4-1.ams align and support National Educational Standards.
Third Grade: 3. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. 3-LS4-3.
Fourth Grade: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. 4-LS1-1.
Fifth Grade: 5. Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems. 5-LS1-1.
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics. 5-LS2-1.

State Standards

Georgia Standards of Excellence
Visual Arts: VA2.CR.2a,b, VA2.CR.3a,c,d, VA2.CN.1a,b, VA2.CN.2a, VA3.CR.2a,b, VA3.CR.3a,d,e, VA3.CN.1a,b, VA3.CN.2a, VA4.CR.2a,b, VA4.CR.3a,d, VA4.CN.1a,b, VA4.CN.2b,c, VA5.CR.2a,b,d, VA5.CR.3a,d, VA5CN.1a,b, VA5CN.2,a.
Social Studies: SS2H2a, SS2G2b,c,d, SS3H1a,b,c, SS3E1a.
Science: S2L1b, S3L1c, S4L1a,b.