NASA's Follow The Drinking Gourd
This video segment explores how slaves traveling on the Underground Railroad used astronomy to guide them. Viewers learn that the slaves located the North Star by finding the Drinking Gourd, also known as the Big Dipper, which pointed to the star.
Material Type: Reference Material
Technical Format: Quicktime
Date Added to MERLOT: July 22, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 08, 2008
Submitter: Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D.
Keywords: underground railroad, nasa, children's literature, astronomy, drinking gourd
Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School
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Technical Requirements: WEB BROWSER, LIVE INTERNET
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Discussion for NASA's Follow The Drinking Gourd
6 years ago
Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D. (Teacher (K-12))
We used to sing about this in music class. Now we can go to this NASA site and see the science behind it all!
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