When introducing a unit on the Underground Railroad, why not engage your students' senses? Imagine your students entering the classroom with these informational placemats on their desks, a snack of trail mix on top, and the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" playing throughout the room. The students can read a brief description of what the underground railroad was, as well as learn some secret code terms. They can also study a map of common routes used. The trail mix symbolizes the "trail" that many traveled on, in addition to the nuts and berries they may have eaten along the way. (Check for allergies first - you may also use star-shaped crackers symbolizing the stars they used to help navigate). After enjoying a snack and reading their Underground Railroad placemats, students will be excited to begin learning about this unit. The placemats can either be sent home so they can discuss with their families or hole-punched and placed in their binders.