Harriet Tubman: A portrait of Determination, an integrated, thematic fourth grade Social Studies and Science unit, will take students into a world of desperation, inspiration, and determination. The purpose of this unit is to teach students to investigate colonial history, ask questions about people and their behavior, and gain a better understanding of how determination can change a society for the better or worse. Recapturing this history is accomplished by entering into the life of Harriet Tubman through videos, picture books, poems, internet research, and other hands-on projects. At the end, the students will have created a Harriet Tubman time capsule that will reflect her life and the challenges of that time period. Students must know how to navigate searches on a computer, look up resources in a library, and have been previously taught about constellations.


  • Science > General
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is an extremely detailed and comprehensive unit on Harriet Tubman that integrates Social Studies and Science content. Technology and Language Arts standards are also addressed through multiple activities. Key concepts for this unit: colonial history, slavery, biography of Harriet Tubman, constellations, and geography. There are several avenues for creative expression and meaningful learning such as a play-doh topographical map of the colonies, a brochure, a time capsule and more. Guided by the principles of project-based learning (PBL), this unit is hands-on for the students and teacher alike. Consider picking just a few activities to focus on as there are many and they each require materials, research, and, in some cases, refinement. Rich in graphic organizers, printer-ready worksheets, and resources this is a valuable toolbox for novice and experienced teachers. Double check links - at the time of this review the link for the simulated Underground Railroad was not functional.
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August 5, 2014

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