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NASA's Follow The Drinking Gourd


NASA's Follow The Drinking Gourd

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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
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Keywords: underground railroad, nasa, children's literature, astronomy, drinking gourd



Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: WEB BROWSER, LIVE INTERNET
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
Accessiblity Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D.
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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