Follow the Drinking Gourd

Ages 7-12

Based on the book by Maine author, Jeannette Winter, this children's program explains the movements of the sky and the way slaves used the sky to escape to the North in the 1800's. The puzzle of the sun's movement through the seasons is solved and visitors learn a song that slaves used to follow a safe route to freedom.

Maine Learning Results:
Pre K-2: D1.a

Next Generation Science Standards
1. PC: ESS1. A and ESS1. B
5. SSS: ESS1.

To learn more about the subject, click on one of the links below.

tes.asu.edu/dsn_solarsyst.html An astronomy information page compiled by Ken Edgett, Arizona State University

ssd.jpl.nasa.gov A site about our solar system maintained by the Solar System Dynamics Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

hawastsoc.org The Hawaiian Astronomical Society’s home page

www.nss.org The official website of the National Space Society

www.stardate.org Learn what’s going on TODAY in astronomy on the “Star Date” web page, maintained by the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory

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Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5781
Phone: (207) 581-1341