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The Drinking Gourd Reading Rainbow 28:35
LeVar reflects on a time when Africans were brought to America as slaves. He talks about how African-Americans risked their lives for freedom, and discusses how the music from slavery times effected the African culture. Keith David reads the featured story, which explains that the African-American folk song, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," was in fact a coded message to slaves giving them instructions on how to take the Underground Railroad north to states that abolished slavery.

Song "Follow the Drinking Gourd"
night boat to freedom
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Night Boat to Freedom by E.B. Lewis
well illustrated in dark watercolors
night running
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Night Running by E.B. Lewis
How James Escaped with the Help o fHis Faithful Dog, based on a true story
patchwork quilt
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The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud
The wagon wheel. The bear's paw. The flying geese. These are some of the squares in the quilt Hannah's mama helped her to sew -- before Hannah's sister was sold to another plantation and before Mama died of a broken heart. Now that Hannah's papa has decided to make the run for freedom, this patchwork quilt is not just a precious memento of Mama -- it's a series of hidden clues that will guide them along the Underground Railroad to Canada, where they'll finally be free. A fictionalized account of a fascinating oral history, THE PATCHWORK PATH tells the story of a brave father and his young daughter, two of thousands who escaped a life of slavery and made the dangerous journey to freedom -- a story of courage, determination, and hope.
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Underground by Shane W. Evans
Great book for very early readers. Just one or two words per page. Great illustrations.
Henry's Freedom box
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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom

Interactive National Geographic Site
Underground Railroad - online (needs reading skills)
interactive underground railroad
Underground Railroad - Escape from Slavery
online game/interactive site
Maryland Underground Railroad
interactive site with music and naration - view point of a 12 year old slave
Los Angeles constellations
Current Night Sky - Los Angeles
This star chart shows the current skies over Los Angeles.
Can be changed to other major cities like NY, London, Singapore

big dipper
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The Earth Under Sky Bears Feet
Native American legends about the big dipper and Ursa Major

scorpio Dec 1
The Constellations of the Zodiac
table introduces the 13 constellations that make up the Zodiac
includes name, image, and greek mythology of each sign

Constellation T-shirt
using glow and the dark paint on dark t-shirts.
Look up the childs birthday and see what constellations are
visible in the night sky on their birthday. Choose one
and make your shirt.

Van Cleave Constellations
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Constellations by Van Cleave
observations and experiments with stars for young kids
space buddies
NETFLIX (order the disc)
Space Buddies
Lovable golden retrievers off to save space.
Happy to be Nappy
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Happy to Be Nappy
a story about hair
MLK Promiseland
JCLS - Library Book
I've Seen the Promised Land
Martin Luther King

Back of the Bus
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Back of the Bus
Civil Rights Issues
gourd trellis
Dipper Gourd
great variety of gourds grown on Trellis

banjo Dipper Gourd Banjo
Youtube 0:39

baker creek heirloom seeed
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
order a dipper gourd to grow this summer!
or type in "gourd" under search to see their complete gourd offering


Obstacle Course for Kids
Youtube video
a kid led activity - building their own obstacle course.
Could be done indoors on a rainy day - a tent or two out of a blanket and couch?
The indoor underground railroad

The Chase
two styles of urban running "Free Running" and "Parkour" demonstrate
the a chase scene of one pursuing the other at high speeds.