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Freedom Squares Homework

Freedom Squares Homework

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Published by: PrimaryGraffiti on Feb 06, 2011
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Dear Parents,As you are aware, February is Black History Month. Thisis a special time to remember African Americans andtheir contributions towards our society today. In thespirit of this month, our entire school will take part in adoor-decorating contest. Our mission is to decorate ourclassroom door highlighting a famous African American.Doors will be judged on creativity.
Our classroom door theme is going to be “The Journey
to Freed
For the next two weeks my first graderswill take an inside look at the life of Harriet Tubman andthe complexity of the Underground Railroad. One majorpart of our classroom door is going to focus on African-
Americans’ ingenious use of quilting at that time.
 Quilting was used as a form of communication to run-awayslaves. The most important quilt patterns in theUnderground Railroad code are described below:The
money wrench
pattern alerted slaves togather the tools and supplies they would need whenthey escaped.The
wagon wheel
pattern told slaves to pack theirbelongings and provisions to help them survive theirjourney.The
bear’s paw
pattern instructed runaways tofollow the bear tracks through the mountains,staying away from the roads.The
pattern indicated once through themountains, slaves were to travel to the crossroadsin Cleveland, Ohio where travelers chose from 4paths to Canada.
log cabin
pattern indicated stations whererunaways were hidden along the way.The
bow tie
pattern told slaves to dress inbetter clothing and disguises so they would notstand out.The
pattern referred to the conductorswho helped slaves get rid of their dirty, tattered,or torn clothes and guided them north on theUnderground Railroad.The
flying geese
pattern instructed runaways tofollow the migrating geese north in spring.Although your child will have his/her weekly spelling words,I
m changing the nightly homework for the week. Eachnight you and your child are asked to discuss one or moreof the quilt squares above. I encourage you to have adiscussion about the importance and meaning of each.After your discussion, have your child color in theappropriate box, on the attached worksheet, drawingdetails of how he/she visualizes what the quilt square istelling the slave to do. When homework is handed in onFriday, I would like your child to have completed at leastthree quilt squares.To ensure a higher-level of understanding for ourstudents, we will be reenacting life during this era bysimulating certain daily experiences.We are so glad you can help us celebrate Black HistoryMonth with us!Mrs. Saoud

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