Underground Railroad and Civil War Unit

We are wrapping up our study of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War with tomorrow’s unit test.  It’s one of my favorite units to teach as there are so many cool projects and activities that go along with it.

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First, we split the room in half: North/Union and South/Confederacy.

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Each student was assigned a different state.  Some we will never forget.  For example, Samuel was the first state to secede from the Union (South Carolina), Justin and Elly can’t make up their mind (Missouri), and so on.  🙂

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We read the story behind the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” which led thousands of slaves to freedom.  After reading the story, we made a Freedom Quilt.  Each quilt square was designed by our students, and had something to do with either the Underground Railroad or the Civil War.  It turned out really neat, and tells a story about the things we had been learning about.

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Our last event of our unit was our review game for the test.  In true Civil War fashion, the teams were the Union…

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…vs. the Confederacy:

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(In case you were curious, the review game ended in a tie.)

Such an exciting unit, and I’m sad to see it end.  I guess this means we’ll have to move on to more exciting things after Spring Break!  🙂

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