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Slavery Bound or Underground

For Teachers 11th
Examine the role of slaves,, slave owners, and abolitionists during the Civil War with a study of the history of the Underground Railroad. Through the many links learners research the people involved and the heroes of the movement....
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Underground Railroad/Quilts

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore the Underground Railroad communication system.  For this cross curriculum fine arts and United States history Civil War lesson, students view several websites that feature quilts constructed by slaves during the...
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Whispers of Angels: Buffalo and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What role did Buffalo, New York play in the Underground Railroad? Young historians investigate the Underground Railroad ties to Buffalo and western New York. They create a web site or multimedia presentation based on the research. If...
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Decision Making: Who Was Right?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
Help your class explore the question "Is it ever right to disobey a law?" With a strong base of knowledge about the Civil War, anti-slavery movement, and Underground Railroad, your class explores civil disobedience in Marshall, Michigan...
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The Antebellum South

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Your history students will be on the edges of their seats during this fascinating presentation, which details the abolition movement and slave life during the Antebellum period in the American South. Students will be left agape at the...
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Chapter 3 Test: Civil War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Although specific to a certain book, this test and review relating to the Civil War could used in any classroom. The questions asked are appropriate for students learning about this era in U.S. History. Questions could be altered, or...
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Background to the Conflict: Pre-Civil War Days

For Teachers 8th - 12th
The American Civil War was a complex test of a relatively young democracy in the mid-nineteenth century. Discuss the events and factors that led to the Civil War with a thorough slideshow presentation.
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Underground Railroad PowerPoint

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A very interesting presentation on the Underground Railroad used by slaves who were seeking freedom. Learners consider photographs of safe houses, devices used to hide from capture, maps of routes used, and pictures of white people who...
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students develop computer research skills while searching facts about Harriet Tubman. Students learn about ways in which Harriet Tubman's childhood influenced her future. Students learn to use primary documents to learn about the...
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers write about the impact of the Underground Railroad. They examine primary documents as they conduct independent research to explore the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for abolition. They compose essays...
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The Underground Railroad as an Act of Civil Disobedience

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write an essay from rough draft to final copy about the Underground Railroad. Civil disobedience is researched from a variety of sources. There is a prewriting exercise that is included in the instructional activity. The whole...
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Eloise Greenfield poem: "Harriet Tubman"

For Students 2nd - 3rd
A lively poem about the Underground Railroad conductor conveys facts about the hero of the title, and provides young readers with the chance to learn about poetic devices (stanza and rhyme scheme). Provides no concrete materials for...
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Asking Questions

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine a painting that depicts a scene from the Underground Railroad. They discuss the painting and write journal entries and poems in response to the painting's themes and their impressions.
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The Life of Harriet Tubman

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
A well-designed lesson teaches about the history of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and the issues of civil liberties. Young historians watch a video, access Internet resources, and engage in cooperative activities which should...
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The Secret to Freedom Teacher’s Guide

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners read the story "The Secret to Freedom" and participate in active reading to personalize what they have read. In this reading lesson, students follow  several writing activities and discuss their work . Learners integrate their...
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Landmarks of the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the impact of the Underground Railroad. For this slavery lesson, 9th graders read about the Shadrach Minkins case and discuss the details of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Students consider how the Underground...
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Landmarks of the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore the impact of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery instructional activity, students read slave accounts and discuss the details of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Students consider the impact of anti-slavery efforts...
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students examine the work of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In this Social Studies lesson, students use a true/false handout and worksheet to explore an Internet site about the Underground Railroad and its heroes. Students...
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the Underground Railroad.  In this U.S. history and technology lesson, students research an assigned topic related to the Underground Railroad, such as "abolitionist," "conductor," or "station houses."  Students design a...
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Drawing Conclusions - Is This a Map of the Underground Railroad?

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Students complete activities to study potential maps of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students watch a video about map collector Anne Zorela's Underground Railroad map. Students complete a graphic...
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Planning an Escape

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students plan their escape as though they were an 18th century slave. For this slavery history lesson, students use the Internet to research runaway slaves, then create a plan for escape in the form of a short story or journal entry.
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Runaway Indentured Servants

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students compare and contrast indentured servants and slaves. In this US history slavery lesson, students discuss the owners' perceptions of indentured servants and slaves, then view ads for runaway slaves to support their opinions....
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Follow the Drinking Gourd

For Teachers K - 12th
Learners, after assessing a valuable history lesson, create an amazing and very personalized quilt. They explore how individuals helping the slaves escape to freedom, hung a quilt on their front porch to let the slaves know that the...
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Black History Month - Past to Present, Grades 4-6

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a diagram of the Underground Railroad, create a postage stamp for an African American, and develop a resume for an African American scientist.
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Linoleum Reduction Print Quilts

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify quilt designs along with the meanings and symbolism behind those designs. They explain the uses of a quilt and the controversial connection to the Underground Railroad.
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars demonstrate knowledge of the significance of songs that are used to communicate important information. They make directions to their houses using songs, and explain their significance to the Underground Railroad.
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Harriet Tubman

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study the history of the United States in the 1800s, including the issue of slavery. They discover that the Underground Railroad was a network of people and hiding places in the United States and Canada, set up to help escaping...
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Freedom Train

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of slavery and focuses on the Underground Railroad. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used as inspiration for the creation of a dream...
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Unlocking Lyrics

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Writers use details to infer meaning beyond the surface level of their stories. In this richly detailed plan, the lyrics of spirituals are used to show class members how to recognize these inferences and to recognize the messages...
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Time of Slavery

For Teachers 5th
Young historians learn about abolitionists, The Civil War, Frederick Douglas, and so many more details about slavery in this highly engaging presentation. Teachers could use this as a whole class review and discussion tool.
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So You Want to Be an Abolitionist?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders become conductors on the Underground Railroad In this abolition lesson plan, 3rd graders read background information about the railroad prior to making presentations to the their classmates about how they can help free...
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Would You Have Helped Out?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the dangers that escaping slaves and their helpers on the Underground Railroad faced and asks them to consider whether they would have helped if they'd been free people during the time of slavery.
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The History of African-American Children: A Guide for Teaching Black History at the Elementary School Level

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
How do you introduce the topic of slavery to your youngest learners? The Sneetches, by Dr. Suess, is a great introduction to the idea of being different. Read the story to your class, and discuss desegregation in public buildings. This...
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Underground Railroad Mini-Unit

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students watch a film about slavery. Students view a PowerPoint about the Underground Railroad and use various resources to make a timeline for the topic. Students research a historical figure from the Underground Railroad era and give a...
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History in Literature - The House of Dies Drear

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Hook your learners with a great project. They research the underground railroad and civil rights movement through literature, view the video The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery, and read the book House of Dies Drear in their...
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Underground Railroad- People Get Ready...There's a Train a Comin'

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students learn about the Underground Railroad. In this Civil War and slavery lesson, students discuss how successful slaves would be moving around at night, learn the secret vocabulary used for escape routes and review background about...
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The House of Dies Drear

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars read The House of Dies Drear and understand how he filled a need and helped people. For this philanthropy lesson students understand how the people who helped on the "Underground Railroad" filled a need and helped others....
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Danger on the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 7th
Student examines the role of the Underground railroad. In this Post-Civil War lesson, 7th graders read and analyze primary sources. Students create a timeline that details the events of the stories.
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Underground Railroad Workshop

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the purpose of the Underground railroad. In this Slavery lesson, 9th graders read stories about people's travels. Students compare and contrast the lives of mothers in these stories.
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Underground Railroad Tic-Tac-Toe

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students discover details about the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, students read primary documents about fugitive slaves and analyze the sources using the provided worksheets. 
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Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders consider the impact of the Underground Railroad. For this slavery lesson, 11th graders examine primary documents as they conduct independent research to explore the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for...
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers write about the impact of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents as they conduct independent research to explore the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for...
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The Underground Railroad Before and After the Fugitive Slave Law

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students consider the impact of the Fugitive Slave Law on the activity of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson plan, students examine primary documents that describe the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for...
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The Role of the Connecticut Abolitionists with the Amistad Case

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders compare the activities of the Underground Railroad with the Amistad Case. In this slavery lesson plan, 10th graders research primary and secondary sources to discover information about Connecticut abolitionists. Students...
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Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail

For Teachers K - 4th
Students observe a dance interpretation about Harriet Tubman. In this art/social studies instructional activity, students explore how their emotions can be expressed through movement and create their own dance or dramatic interpretation.
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Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this slavery lesson, students research the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the use of the Underground Railroad.  Students...
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Runaway Slaves

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine struggles for freedom. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students listen to "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Freedom" to lead them into a discussion regarding freedoms . Students watch the video "The Freedom Station"...
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How Far to Freedom?

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students research the life of William Parker to learn about the Underground Railroad. In this US history activity, students research William Parker and the Underground Railroad. Students research the Christiana Resistance and map routes...
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the Underground Railroad routes. In this map skills and Civil War lesson, students use map and globe reading vocabulary and skills to track the routes the slaves followed from the Bahamas to the United States and from...
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WEEK TWO

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students research in books and on the Internet on the Underground Railroad. They work on a constructivist project to promote both group collaboration and individual creativity. Students are given an authentic task: to create a museum...
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INTRODUCTION AND WEEK ONE

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders use a variety of resources to research and compile information on the Underground Railroad. They work in small groups and individually, to discuss and exchange ideas as they construct the exhibit that they display in...
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The Lott House - a History Mystery

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners read a newspaper article about the historic Lott House in Marine Park, Brooklyn. They study the history of slavery in New York and uncover the secrets of a historic Brooklyn farmhouse that kept slaves and later protected them...
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Harriet Tubman: Recognizing the Human Agency

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the contributions of Harriet Tubman to the history of Canada. They read a handout, complete a handout in small groups, and write a speech evaluating how Harriet Tubman changed history.
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The Underground Railroad in the I and M Canal Area

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss provocative statements about the Underground Railroad and form opinions. They locate and read a selection on the Internet that either supports of discredits their written opinions. They then read a speech by John Hossack.
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Mapping the Many Underground Railroads

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars plot the migration route of one of the runaway slaves named in a narrative and add it to a map of the United States in 1850. This is an excellent lesson on the Underground Railroad!
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Civil War: Women

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students examine the role of women during the Civil War investigating their roles as spies, soldiers, and nurses.
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Forward To The Great Escape

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Young scholars read a primary source document from Documenting the American South and examine a painting by Jacob Lawrence to illustrate the conditions of the underground railroad They create a painting and a narrative related to the...
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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders "walk a mile" in a person's shoes who had a role in the Underground Railroad and examine the risks and complications of the Underground Railroad.
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Antebellum Revivalism and Reform

For Teachers 8th - 11th
A gold mine for American history teachers, this presentation cascades through the middle of the 19th century with the central themes of moral and social reform. Between the blossoming Mormon church, the tightening of the Temperance...
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The Quilting Connection....a Teaching Unit on Slavery, the Underground Railroad And Quilting

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research the Internet, read designated books and selection, participate in discussions and write short reports while completing this series of lessons about slavery and the Underground Railroad. As a final project, they...
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Meet the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners research and learn about the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson plan, students take 2 weeks to research an individual, complete journal writings, read passages in small groups, list major events, and more.
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Harriet Tubman Integrated Unit: Lesson 3

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners explore African spirituals. In this slavery lesson, students listen to and analyze the spiritual song "Wade in the Water" line by line. Learners share their interpretations with their classmates.
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine Harriet Tubman's contribution to the Underground Railroad. They read and discuss an excerpt from the book "The Tamarack Tree," listen to the CD for the book "Follow the Drinking Gourd," and write a journal response from...
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Underground Railroad and Slaver

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students review the topic of slavery in the 1860's and how it was a key issue during the Civil War. They discuss significant people involved with slavery including Harriet Tubman and the challenges they faced. They read various texts...
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders participate in a literature circle after reading a book about the Underground Railroad. They discuss their selected book with their literature circle group, and complete a handout about their role in the circle. Students...
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Underground Railroad Role Play

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students experience what the Underground Railroad was really like by role-playing as escaping slaves. They must travel to the North Star until they cross an imaginary line into Canada.
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use internet cites to explore the Underground Railroad. They also learn the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Focus questions are included.
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Follow the Drinking Gourd

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students create an art project based on "Follow the Drinking Gourd," a song used to guide slaves to freedom during the Civil War. They read a picture book to learn the story of how Harriet Tubman and Peg Leg Joe led slaves to freedom.
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read about Harriet Tubman and develop vocabulary lists.  In this Underground Railroad lesson, 4th graders find similarities and differences in primary and secondary sources, create a timeline and recognize important people...
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Train to Freedom

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students discover the Underground Railroad and how it succeeded.  In this slavery lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation about Harriet Tubman and her contributions to the end of slavery.  Students discuss what may have happened...
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Diverse Voices - African American Ventures

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research African American history and the Underground Railroad. In this African American history lesson, students discuss the Drinking Gourd. Students read 'If You Traveled the Underground Railroad' and discuss. Students work in...
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Midnight Train To Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research, discuss and study about the Underground Railroad and examine the risks associated with escaping slavery by reading the article "North Toward Home." They create a museum book to accompany a teacher-created exhibit on...
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Minty, A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders describe the life of Harriet Tubman. They define opportunity cost. Students identify the opportunity cost of each of several choices made by Harriet Tubman. They are explained that Harriet Tubman was the first African...
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Following the North Star

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students give examples of the impacts of science and technology on the migration and settlement patterns of various groups. They draw stars explaining how the North Star was used to give directions on the Underground Railroad.
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Enslaved and Running

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Young scholars use runaway slave advertisements to discover how the language varies from the 18th to 21st century. Using primary source documents, they research the brutality of slavery and the desire of those in slavery to be free. ...
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How Did Slavery Impact Our Nation?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders closely examine the effects of slavery on American society giving special emphasis to the issue of social injustice, the life of Harriet Tubman, the underground railroad and the achievements of Abraham Lincoln during this...
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Signs in the Stitching

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students exercise their creativity by designing an original quilt and a written explanation of its meaning. They use primary sources to develop an understanding of Underground Railroad routes through Indiana.
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Making the Connection With Quilts

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders engage in a instructional activity which integrates the study of the Underground Railroad in Indiana with a Language Arts unit on quilts. They write a book report on one of the quilt books read in class and design a quilt...
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Simulated Underground Railroad Experience

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders travel through a mock Underground Railroad.
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Scrapbook of Freedom

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine what it was like for a child traveling in the Underground Railroad.
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Hidden in Plain View: History Standard Two and the Underground

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders create a quilt based on the Underground Railroad quilt code from the book Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad.
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Traveling Along the Indiana Underground Railroad

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students develop a deeper understanding of the role that Indiana played in the Underground Railroad while exploring Indiana Geography.
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Slavery in the American South

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Preview or review 20 terms associated with slavery in the American South. Each slide provides a single term, name, or concept along with a simple definition. Tip: Use before a lesson on Harriet Tubman, The Underground Railroad, or the...
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students discuss Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railraod and answer short answer questions. In this Underground Railroad lesson plan, students discuss conductors along a map.
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The Patchwork Path

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate slavery by reading a book with their classmates. In this abolitionist movement lesson, 4th graders read the story The Patchwork Path, and discuss the creation of the Underground Railroad. Students create...
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Follow the Drinking Gourd: Creative Writing

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students conduct Internet research to identify the conflicts and positions of slaves, slaveholders, and members of the Underground Railroad network in the time preceding the Civil War. Students write an essay about their findings written...
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Slavery and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners examine a map of the Underground Railroad. They trace the slaves journeys and calculate the mileage. They write an essay about the risks and penalties one faced in escaping. They work together in groups to name characteristics...
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Journey on the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students use Indiana and Michigan state road maps to trace a route to Canada from Madison, IN. with the many possible stops along the way. They make a picture book that depicts a runaway slave's journey on UCR.
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Slavery

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students trace the routes of escaping slaves on their journey north by calculating the mileage each one walked and define and use accurately the term Underground Railroad. They read The Drinking Gourd by Jeanetter Winter.
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John Brown's Passion to End Slavery Leading Up to and Including the Rain at Harpers Ferry

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate John Brown's fight to end slavery. In this slavery lesson, 6th graders read Harpers Ferry, The Story of John Brown's Raid and then research his life as well as the life of slave Osbourne Perry Anderson. Students...
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Henry's Freedom Box

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners explore the Civil War by reading a children's book in class. For this underground railroad lesson, students read the story Henry's Freedom Box and discuss the plot, settings and characters. Learners create their own "freedom...
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Literature for Lesson 2 - The UnderGround Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students examine the use of the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students determine the meaning of the word slavery. They study the Underground Railroad through the use of literature and Internet websites. They...
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Landmarks of the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore Civil Rights by reading several books in class. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students discuss The Story of Henry Box Brown and identify the location and functionality of the Underground Railroad. Students answer...
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Underground Railroad: Henry "Box" Brown

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students build Henry's box. In this historical perspective lesson students listen to the story Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine about an escape using the Underground Railroad. Students also read and discuss The Deliverer of Box Brown...
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A Trip on the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the role of women and the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson plan, 3rd graders research and discuss viewpoints on helping runaway slaves. Students discuss famous persons such as Harriet...
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students navigate the Scholastic Underground Railroad site and listen to journey of the Underground railroad.  In this Underground Railroad lesson, students use maps and compare and contrast the differences between the North and South...
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Quilting Through the Civil War and Underground Railroad

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students design a quilt. In this Civil War and Underground Railroad lesson, students discuss the Civil War and Underground Railroad. Students look at quilts from the Civil War and discover how they were used to help slaves escape....
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students discuss how slaves fought against their situation and how did they escape. They discover what the Underground Railroad was and how it slaves used it to reach freedom. They then play a game focusing on the Underground Railroad in...
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Integrated Social Studies and Art Lesson

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. In groups, they create coded quilts like those used in the Underground Railroad. They review secret codes used, plan a phrase they would like to use, and paint quilt...
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Making the Connection With Quilts

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore history of Underground Railroad in Indiana and discover how slaves were assisted on their journey using codes displayed in different quilt blocks. Students examine connection quilts have to ancestry and family...
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Historical Puppet Play

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders analyze the book Train to Midnight, based on the Underground Railroad. They compose and perform a puppet play based on the book. Students perform and videotape their puppet plays.
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Simulated Underground Railroad Experience - Part B

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders travel throughout many stations learning about the Underground Railroad.
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Finding Your Way: The Underground Railroad

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the dangers that escaping slaves faced and the things they used (e.g. songs and quilts) to help them find their way. They conclude by designing a class quilt showing things that slaves would have needed to know about to...
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Underground Railroad Simulation

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the Underground Railroad. In this social studies instructional activity, 4th graders play the part of slaves and travel the "Underground Railroad" to freedom.
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Go Down Moses

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the workings of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, 5th graders read personal accounts from slaves, examine secret codes of the Underground Railroad, and play a board game based on the trip many...
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders reflect on their knowledge of the Underground Railroad.  In this slavery lesson, 4th graders discuss slavery and watch a video.  Students complete a K-W-L chart after discussion and reading, as well as, a worksheet on...
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Music: Follow the Drinking Gourd

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use movement to express a concept. In this interdisciplinary instructional activity, 4th graders listen to the book, Follow the Drinking Gourd, which demonstrates the types of 'communication' used by slaves traveling the...
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The Underground Railroad and The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discover racism and slavery by completing a role playing activity. In this U.S. history lesson, students analyze documents from the Civil War era and describe the Fugitive Slave Law. Students view a video on YouTube about the...
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Riding the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students investigate the Underground Railroad. In this Underground Railroad lesson, students participate in a role play of by acting out a part from a biography card. They travel the Underground Railroad using designated places in the...
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Follow the Drinking Gourd

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners listen to the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and repeat what they have heard. They discuss the significance of the story and how it relates to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. They observe a map of areas in the...
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Slavery

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders complete a short unit on slavery and the U.S. Civil War. They read and analyze the book, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," compose their own secret song, complete an Abraham Lincoln crossword puzzle, and dramatize a historical...
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Spirituals

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders realize the significance in the Negro spirituals concerning the Underground Railroad. They choose a position, either for helping slaves or ignoring the slaves. They describe, in a paragraph, their position.
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Escape to Freedom

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the Underground Railroad. For this history of slavery lesson, 5th graders investigate how slaves communicated. Students read books, sing songs, and view maps of slave routes. Students make a word search using words...
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Harriet Tubman Puzzle

For Teachers 5th
Harriet Tubman's life is revealed in this presentation puzzle. Portions of a covered picture with related clues about Harriet Tubman are given as students predict the subject matter as each factual clue is given until the entire picture...
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Get On Board: Underground Railroad

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research the Underground Railroad. In this Civil Freedoms activity, 8th graders view a documentary, research a historical person, and write a position paper. This is an 5 day activity which includes differentiated...
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Freedom Quilts

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create a Freedom Quilt and learn how many African Americans escaped to freedom.  In this Underground Railroad lesson, 5th graders complete a KWL chart on the Underground Railroad, read a book about the Underground Railroad...
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Voyage to Freedom - What Does It Mean?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the Underground Railroad by creating a quilt.  In this U.S. History lesson, 5th graders discuss the history of slavery through a class "word splash" and by reading an Underground Railroad map online.  Students...
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Harriet Tubman

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners investigate Harriet Tubman. In this African-American lesson plan, students read the book A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman and discuss how she was a conductor of the Underground Railroad. Learners identify the leadership...
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Literature Focus Unit: Civil War

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a two-week unit on the U.S. Civil War and the Underground Railroad. They read the books "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Pink and Say," complete story maps, and dramatize a scene from "Follow the Drinking Gourd."...
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Underground Railroad Research Report

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a research paper on the Underground Railroad. They use internet and traditional resources to gather information from a list provided by the instructor. They use their information to write their paper. Students...
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Finding Your Way: The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students describe the difficulties faced when tying to escape using the underground railroad. Participating in an online simulation, students attempt to escape using the underground railroad. They view maps of the routes taken by the...
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Quilting: The Story of the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore quilting. They read and discuss the book, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. They research African American quilting traditions on the Internet and name three common qualities in quilts. They create a quilt...
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Choose Your Own Adventure

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate the historical underground railroad. They also access technology to conduct research and write stories with the railroad as part of the historical fiction. The cumulative assessment is the creation of a book that...
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Get On Board

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders view a documentary highlighting the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. They are given the worksheet called Timeline Dates, 8th graders use the dates to construct a timeline. Pupils research a person from...
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Underground Travelers

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students are introduced to new vocabulary associated with the Underground Railroad. Using primary sources, they evaluate the railroad's impact on society in the past and today. They also make a judgment about the morality of the railroad...
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NightJohn

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read Gary Paulsen's, Nightjohn, before research the Abolition Crusade and the Underground Railroad. They discuss why the characters in the book put importance on literary skills.
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders experience a virtual journey through the Underground Railroad. They examine the history of slavery in the United States and those who participated in the abolition movement. They complete handouts.
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students research and discuss the use of the Underground Railroad by fugitive slaves. They debate the actions of abolitionists and slave owners according to the laws of the time, create drawings and write narratives.
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Escape to Freedom

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Young scholars read 'They Called Her Moses," create a wanted poster for Tub man, compose a journal entry imagining they are William Still, and in groups, create a newspaper depicting the incident of the runaway slaves and events from the...
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the Underground Railroad.  In this American History lesson, 8th graders create a song about the railroad.  Students analyze various symbols used during the Underground Railroad. 
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Sweet Clara's Freedom Quilt

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the underground railroad and slavery. In this social studies lesson, 4th graders read stories about the underground railroad and complete a webquest. Students read Sweet Clara's Freedom Quilt and create a quilt.
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Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 1st
First graders discuss Black History month and read a book about The Underground Railroad. In this history lesson, 1st graders discuss and answer questions as the book is read, and complete a worksheet about their feelings and reactions...
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Realizing the Dream: Slavery

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders learn about slavery.  For this civil rights movement lesson, 6th graders review the information they've learned about slavery, read The Secret to Freedom, create a concept map based on the word slavery and share information...
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Stealing Freedom: The Life of a Slave

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students consider Slavery in the Civil War. In this lesson on slavery, students explore and analyze primary source documents in order to gain background information prior to reading Stealing Freedom. Students will view a slide-show and...
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Underground Railroad

For Students 6th - 8th
In this social studies worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are related to the underground railroad and the answers are found at the bottom the page.
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Quilts and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the use of freedom quilts in helping slaves escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad. They review the various quilt blocks that were used to give directions on the Underground Railroad. Students create their...
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Scrapbook of Freedom

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders create a scrapbook using personal narratives and samples of artifacts to connect to maps of geographical locations of the Underground Rail Road. they describe at least one of the feelings a child slave might have had...
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That's Not Fair!! Human Rights Violations during the 1800s

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore the migration of African Americans into the Hoosier area. They develop a time line showing migration patterns in Indiana and explore reasons for African Americans to settle and/or travel through Indiana.
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore two different websites about the Underground Railroad. They make a graphic organizer to categorize the reasons a person might have for and against helping slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. They incorporate...
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Secret Quilt Codes

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine how quilts helped people on the Underground Railroad. They listen to a story about Harriet Tubman, discuss quilt patterns, and create a class paper quilt.
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Harriet Tubman

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners identify famous people and events of the Civil War era, identify hardships Tubman encountered by giving an explanation of what they would do in a similar situation, and explain in writing, 3 historical facts about Harriet Tubman.
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Underground Railroad-Coded Messages

For Students 4th - 5th
In this activity on The Underground Railroad, students are instructed to "use the code word and phrases sheet" in order to decode a set of 10 messages. Word and phrases sheet not included on this activity.
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Underground Railroad Code Words and Phrases

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Underground Railroad worksheet, students read a list of code words and phrases used during the time of the Underground Railroad, 26 total.
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Simulated Underground Railroad Experience

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders participate in a simulation activity that culminates their study of the Underground Railroad. They climb on obstacles while bells rings and older students act as conductors. They work in a darkened area with only one light...
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Spirituals

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the significance in the Negro spirituals concerning the Underground Railroad. They explore the cultural, geographical, historical, physical, and Psychological aspects involved in the Underground Railroad
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Slavery and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the experiences of the slaves on the Underground Railroad. They analyze maps depicting slaves' routes, calculate the mileage travelled, and write an essay and create an illustration about the Underground Railroad.
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Wisconsin's Role in the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine Wisconsin's role in the Underground Railroad. They read primary and secondary source documents, answer questions, analyze maps, and listen to a story involving the Wisconsin Underground Railroad.
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People and Places in Indiana's Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use an Indiana map to explain why Indiana's geographic location was important to its role in the UGR. They experience personal stories and feelings of the people involved in UGR through role-play and literature.
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Hidin' Out

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders draw three major Underground Railroad routes crossing Indiana on an outline map and include habitats and towns. They produce an oral history involving at least three natural habitats and one human habitat.
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Landmarks of the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore Louisville, KY area Underground Railroad museums. In this Underground Railroad lesson, 8th graders read Day of Tears by Julius Lester as well as other listed articles. Students discover how the railroad worked as...
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Underground Railroad Activity

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders practice their interviewing skills as they learn about the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson, 8th graders discuss the existence and operation of the railroad. Students then interview one another in the personas...
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Who is Harriet Tubman?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read A Picture of Harriet Tubman, by David A. Adler. In this Harriet Tubman lesson, 2nd graders explore the concept of slavery and discover how Harriet helped free slaves in the past. The book is read out loud. They...
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Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Essex County

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the end of slavery and the hidden paths slaves used to travel.  In this U.S. history instructional activity, 5th graders examine the travel routes slaves used in Essex County known as the Underground Railroad....
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All Aboard: Underground Railroad Knowledge Chart

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the Underground Railroad. For this Underground Railroad lesson, 5th graders start a KWL chart about the Underground Railroad. Students use a map to locate slavery areas and free states. Students view a PowerPoint...
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Bridges for All

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students describe how the brave word of one female Quaker served as a lifeline for fugitives before the Civil War. For this research lesson, students research several examples of the philanthropic work of individuals and organizations...
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In The Footprints of the Slaves and Conductors

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research and examine the conductor sites to find routes to hide their slaves. They are given a map to map out a route to hide fifteen slaves. Each group is given three to four clues about their stations to pass on to...
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The Underground Railroad (Grade 8)

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders experience what it was like to flee from slavery on the Underground Railroad. They improve their understanding of the history of slavery in the US and become familiar with some of the people who fought to end slavery in...
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Quilts of the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders work as a class to create a quilt mapping a route on the underground railroad. Each student create one quilt block using quilt symbols to contribute to the quilt.
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Slavery and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study slavery escape routes of the Underground Railroad on maps, read an account of an escape and then write narrative essays about a fictional slave's escape.
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American Quilts

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders are introduced to new vocabulary associated with slavery and the Underground Railroad. In groups, they use the vocabulary to identify the various ranges of freedom and create their own vocabulary webs. To end the lesson,...
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research the underground railroad and create a journal as if you were either a slave running away or the "railroad operator". They then draw a map detailing the escape routes and stops of African-American slaves on the...
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Monument To The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners investigate the history of The Underground Railroad. They then create a representation of a monument for the railroad. The project is creative and should reflect the timing of the unit of study.
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The Underground Railroad

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers use vocabulary related to the Underground Railroad. They identify key facts related to the Underground Railroad, evaluate their personal responses to the Underground Railroad and make a judgment about the morality of the...
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There Were Many Paths to Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore the Underground Railroad in the history of Pennsylvania.
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Make an ABC Book of Slavery And the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students learn about a topic through research, drawing, and the production of a finished product
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Silent Signals

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discuss the frustrations of navigating the Underground Railroad and list the symbols and signs used to communicate on the Underground Railroad.
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A Slave's Choice

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify forms of punishment and torture methods of slaves and explain reasons behind them by viewing various pictures. They research and read more about primary slavery more in depth, including pictures and narratives. ...
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The Underground Railroad: Webquest

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders complete a WebQuest to enhance their lessons on the historical significance of the Underground Railroad. They identify the key historical figures involved in the Underground Railroad. They then use proper grammar and form...
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The Civil War - From Division to Unity

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders view and discuss a video that explores a runaway slaves trip through the Underground Railroad. They conduct further research and then write an expository essay from the point of view of one of the video's characters.
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The Underground Railroad and the I & M Canal in Illinois

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students, in groups, discuss the Underground Railroad, then fill out a worksheet.