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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
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Saint Francis DeSales

The Underground Railroad {1830-1860} and Harriet Tubman {1820-1913}

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is a topic that is very familiar to us.
Near the area in which we lived is this marker...
and this plaque...
This is the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad scenic highway, which shows important people and places to Harriet Tubman and the route in which she often took to lead others to freedom.
We listened to Follow the Drinking Gourd on CD in our car.
Alex's (age 18, special education) notebook page
We colored maps...
James' (age 11) notebook page
and reviewed the Big Dipper (or Drinking Gourd, or in Australia they call it the Saucepan...have you had any other names for it?), as we have studied it before.
We made star cupcakes which we could then arrange into constellations before consuming.
We have already done some activities with quilt squares, but this time we looked at them in terms of tools to help the underground railroad and the secret messages they could send, which got the boys interested in secret spy missions in general.

  • Follow The Drinking Gourd (Book on CD by Rabbit Ears)
  • The Underground Railroad, Raymond Bial
  • Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman, Dorothy Sterling (4th grade/age 9 and up)
  • The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad, Barbara Greenwood (3rd grade/age 8 and up), has hands-on activities.
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  1. We are right behind you (history study wise ;)). I am enjoying your posts. I wish we could visit here with you!!

  2. Awesome! What a great study. I love the cupcakes and quilt coloring pages.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. We recently learned about Harriet Tubman too.

  4. Exciting to study. Part of the Underground Railroad was just down the road from where I grew up in Illinois.

  5. How cool to have a historical marker nearby. Amusingly enough Texas has the highest rate of historical markers than any other state, and I always like to try and stop to read them. Maybe someday I'll start taking pictures of them and collecting them.......


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