Henry's Freedom Box - 5th Grade

Hannah Camit

The past few weeks we have been learning about the Civil War. The students started the unit by learning about slavery and the Underground Railroad. We read the picture book Henry's Freedom box about a man who mailed himself to freedom. The students then simulated mailing themselves to freedom, wearing disguises for the Underground Railroad, and making quilt squares. As we continued the unit, we began discussing the battles and generals that played a large role in the Civil War. Students dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, and Robert E Lee as we re-enacted some of the battle outcomes, the Gettysburg Address, and the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.