Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad

Barefoot:  Escape on the Underground Railroad
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Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards is such a rich and multi-faceted story – you could read it every year with a different focus. This particular unit has been designed for 4th through 6th grade as a short, literature based research unit on the Underground Railroad. It combines written activities and digital experiences to give students a basic overview of this part of our history. There is a section label included as all activities can be inserted into a Media Interactive Notebook .

After sharing the book together and discussing the points of view of the story, the unit then turns to the theme song of the Underground Railroad, “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” Students will review and respond to another picture book based on the song, and then listen to a video that explains the symbolism buried in the lyrics. From there they begin a self-paced activity which gives them choices regarding a mini research project as well as working through an interactive story. They will also review some primary source documents from this period and look for specific information as well as reflect on what they read. Finally, there is an optional coding activity for the Ozobot in which students will work together to code a path for the “runaway Ozobt” to escape to freedom.

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This product includes a complete lesson plan listing the covered standards, lesson objectives, daily lesson plan, assessments and evaluations, differentiated instruction strategies, and correlations to inquiry based learning. Truly, all you have to do is download, print, put in your plan book and teach.

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