Interactive Whiteboard Activities
The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery
With this interactive slideshow, students follow the path of a slave in 1860 as he courageously travels the Underground Railroad to freedom.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
With Scholastic’s “The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery” (grades 4-12), students travel back to 1860 to follow a young slave as he flees a Kentucky plantation for Canada along the Underground Railroad. The interactive slideshow (with audio) lets students read a short article at each stop. They can click on accompanying images to read pop-ups with more information.
In this compelling online activity, students get a unique, first-hand account of what life was like for slaves, encounter the dangers of the Underground Railroad, meet brave abolitionists who helped runaways, and compare life in the North and South.
- On the Plantation: Here, students “meet” Walter, a young slave sold to a plantation in Kentucky.
- Escape!: Walter sneaks away during the night, headed for the Ohio River. He runs all night and hides during the day.
- Reaching Safety: Walter crosses the Ohio River, encountering a family in Ohio who has helped many slaves. They put him up and plan his route to freedom in Canada.
- Reaching Freedom: With help from more abolitionists, Walter passes through Cleveland, his last stop before crossing Lake Erie to Canada.
- Tell the Story: In this writing activity, students imagine themselves as slaves in 1870 and answer a set of questions about their journey on the Underground Railroad. Students can read actual interviews with former slaves for more research and inspiration.