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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities
    Language Arts, Fine Arts, Visual Arts
  • Science
    Space Science
  • Social Studies
    History (U.S.), Regions/Cultures, Sociology

Grade

  • Pre-K
  • K-2
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Brief Description

Students create an art project based on "Follow the Drinking Gourd," a song used to guide slaves to freedom during the Civil War.

Objectives

Students will

  • read a picture book to learn the story of how Harriet Tubman and Peg Leg Joe led slaves to freedom.
  • learn the "Drinking Gourd" song,
  • learn how the "Drinking Gourd" song led slaves to freedom,
  • create an art project "map" of the drinking gourd.

Keywords

women's history, slavery, Civil War, Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, Big Dipper, black history

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Lesson Plan

The entire lesson plan is available online at Follow the Drinking Gourd: An AskERIC Lesson Plan.

Assessment

Assess students on the finished art project, student participation during discussion and singing, and ability to recall information by answering questions after reading the story.

Lesson Plan Source

AskERIC

Submitted By

Cara Bafile

National Standards

INE ARTS: Music

  • GRADES K - 4
    NA-M.K-4.1 Singing, Alone and With Others, a Varied Repertoire of Music
    NA-M.K-4.9 Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
    NA-M.K-4.8 Understanding Relationships Between Music, Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
    NA-M.K-4.9 Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
  • GRADES K - 4
    NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    NA-VA.K-4.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
LANGUAGE ARTS: English SCIENCE
  • GRADES K - 4
    NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
  • GRADES K - 4
    NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
    NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
See more lessons at Celebrate Women's History Month!

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Originally published 3/8/2002
Last updated 01/19/2009


 

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