February is an awesome month when it comes to educational and historical events to study with children.
February hosts Black History month, Presidents Day, Valentine’s Day and, in general, is jammed pack with historical information that homeschoolers can relish in learning from.
There are so many events that we can study through the entire month. However, one event in particular that can be covered this month is The Underground Railroad.
This year I decided for my family that we would study The Underground Railroad during February because I had built up a wonderful base of free materials in which teaching this subject could be possible. In return, I thought this would be a great time to share with all of you what is happening within our homeschool and allow for you to have that same opportunity.
When I plan out a lesson or unit study, it doesn’t really look like something that just came out of a teacher’s educational book, but it does combine fun with learning. Without further ado, my lesson plans for The Underground Railroad:
People to Study:
Susan B. Anthony
Mary Ann Shadd
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Young Folk’s Edition; Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Books for Younger Children:
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad; Levine, Ellen
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; Hopkinson, Deborah
Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad; Connelly, Bernardine
The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom; Stroud, Betty
Friend on Freedom River; Whelan, Gloria
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom; Weatherford, Carole Boston
Books for Older Children:
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman; Sterling, Dorothy
Dear Austin: Letters from The Underground Railroad; Woodruff, Elvira
My America: Freedom’s Wings: Corey’s Diary: Kentucky to Ohio 1857; Wyeth, Sharon Dennis
Dear America: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, A Slave Girl; McKissack, Patricia C.
Make a paper quilt of your very own depicting major events or people from The Underground Railroad.
Make a timeline of The Underground Railroad on poster board or from sheets of paper.
Be an Underground Railroad Conductor and come up with your own secret codes and/or signals to help others on their journey.
Make a paper lantern to show that you are a safe house.
Create the Big Dipper Constellation using star stickers on dark blue paper. Draw lines between the stars to create a gourd. (**Must read: Follow the Drinking Gourd.**)
Make a poster using the People to Study telling others who and why those people were important to The Underground Railroad.
Create a newspaper article telling readers of a notable event during The Underground Railroad period.
Write a biography on someone from the People to Study section.
As with any of the above resources mentioned, I ask that parents do their research before hand to determine what is acceptable for their family. Some resources are only for older children while other resources will be good for the younger members. I have a wide age range in my own homeschool and have tried to include activities based upon a wide age range.
I hope that many of these resources bring enjoyment into your homeschooling days but most of all remember to have FUN while learning.
Amanda can be found over at All American Family living out her version of the American dream alongside her family.