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Harriet Tubman FREE Unit Study

Harriet Tubman is one of the most awe-inspiring women in history.  From helping people escape on the Underground Railroad to leading scouting expeditions for the Union Army during the Civil War to speaking with the leaders of the women’s rights movement…this woman was in the middle of historic events and movements.  She is definitely someone you want to study in your homeschool during Black History Month, Women’s History Month or any other time of year!

Here is a unit study I put together to get you started! Grab the Who Was Harriet Tubman? book, sign-up to receive the FREE printable unit study and then explore the other resources below!  And if you like this unit study, check out our list of 30+ FREE unit studies here.

Download this FREE Harriet Tubman unit study and learn all about this fascinating woman with your kids. Read the book, watch the videos, and complete the notebooking page and other printable activities!

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The Book about Harriet Tubman

The Harriet Tubman unit study is based upon Who Was Harriet Tubman?  This book shares about Ms. Tubman’s family, her life as a slave, and several events from her life as a free woman.

Who Was Harriet Tubman?
  • McDonough, Yona Zeldis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 09/03/2019 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

If you are looking for a Harriet Tubman book for a younger child, this one from the Little People, Big Dreams series is a good one!

The Harriet Tubman FREE Printable Unit Study

The printable unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages about Ms. Tubman’s life.

Writing prompt: Based upon the ‘Take My Hand’ mural at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center.

Word scramble: To review some of the vocabulary related to her experiences.

Printable Harriet Tubman notebooking page, word scramble and writing prompt for unit study.

A timeline activity to chart Ms. Tubman’s life and work.

A following direction activity that teaches geography while sharing her travels as part of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War.

A Venn diagram to compare Ms. Tubman with someone else of your choosing.

Printable pages for Harriet Tubman timeline activity and following direction activity.

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Videos about Harriet Tubman

This video is an interesting look back at Harriet Tubman’s life while walking through the areas where she lived.

This video tells about Harriet Tubman with reenactment by actors accompanied by a narrator. (17 minutes)

The Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman is probably best known for her work as a conductor of the Underground Railroad where she helped over 300 slaves escape.  Look at this map of the routes and determine which one Ms. Tubman took based upon your reading.

Then check out this video for a brief history of the Underground Railroad.  (4 minutes)

To learn even more about the Underground Railroad:

What Was the Underground Railroad?
  • McDonough, Yona Zeldis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 12/26/2013 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Freedom Quilts

It is thought quilts were used along the Underground Railroad to communicate different messages to the escaping slaves, although there are some differing opinions about this.  You can read more about this theory here.

You can make this into a fun activity be creating ‘quilts’ with graph paper and colored pencils or markers.  Make up your own code with different patterns!

North Star

Slaves, who were escaping, followed the North Star to make sure they were going in the correct direction.  The North Star is part of the Little Dipper constellation.  And it is easy to find in the Northern Hemisphere any time of the year.  A fun way to observe the stars in the sky is by downloading the Night Sky app to your phone.  Then just hold up the phone to what part of the sky you are looking at and it will tell you what you are seeing!

Slave Songs

Slaves sang songs while they worked in the fields. They also sang songs that directed people to safe houses, conductors, and stationmasters along the Underground Railroad.  Here is a playlist of 47 ‘slave songs’.

Have you used any other resources to study Harriet Tubman?  Please share below!

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