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I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the effects the Transcontinental Railroad had on the regions through which it passed. They analyze and discuss maps, view and describe online images, and use photos and documents to develop a cause-and-effect ladder.
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Rendezvous at Promontory: A New Look at the Golden Spike Ceremony

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the historical significance of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike Ceremony in Promontory, Utah, which honored its completion. In one activity they plan and...
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The Canadian Ribbon of Steel

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students research the building of the Canadian Railroad and discuss the impact it has on Canada today.
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Oklahoma State Department of Education

Narrative Prompt

For Students 8th Standards
Reading about history is nothing like experiencing it firsthand. Encourage your eighth graders to do the next best thing with a historical narrative prompt, in which they describe the experience of a first-time traveler on the...
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The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad#140

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students participation in a simulation of laying the track of Transcontinental Railroad starting from three different locations. They use toothpicks and coffee stirrers to build the rails. They evaluate which group laid the most track...
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Worksheet
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American West: Railroads

For Students 5th - 6th
In these American West worksheets, students cut out the cards related to the American West and the railroads. Students match the cards together.
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The Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad. In this Transcontinental Railroad lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the effect of the railroad on Chinese immigrants and American Indians,...
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Goldentail's Rounding Railroad

For Students 5th - 6th
In this number puzzle activity, students solve 24 equations in each of two sets of multiplication and division problems. They circle each answer and round them to the nearest whole number. They use the secret code that is shown in a box...
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Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explain the development of the American West following the Civil War. They also explore the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Pacific Railway Act of 1862. They also participate in a simulation about the American West.
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Stanford University

Chinese Immigration and Exclusion

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. In this Chinese immigration activity, students study evidence and develop hypotheses about reasons for Chinese immigration and exclusion. Students use a timeline and graphic organizers...
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From Salt Lake City toSingapore... Products of UtahTravel Worldwide

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine the products of Utah. In this economics lesson plan, 7th graders investigate the products grown and processed in Utah today and historically. Students explore the impact of the railroad on Utah's economy.
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Education World

Every Day Edit - The Golden Spike

For Students 3rd - 8th
For this everyday editing worksheet, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about the "golden spike." The errors range from punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling.
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You be the Tour Guide

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research the natural features and wildlife of Arizona and Utah. They draw a map of the region that includes rivers, towns, mountains and roads. They work together to create a travel brochure of the area.
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Sing Away Songs

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research the history of Bryce Canyon National Park. They identify geological features of the Park while examining its recreational activities. They work together to write lyrics to a song about the Park.
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Worksheet
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Train Problem

For Students 9th - 10th
In this algebra activity, students are given a word problem and asked to use algebra to solve it. They have to calculate the speed of a train and a car if they are both moving at a constant rate. There is an answer key.
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Types of Trains

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore different types of trains. In this science lesson, 3rd graders study the "Orphan Train" and write a paragraph about what it would feel like to be riding a train during this time period.
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Worksheet
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Capitalization and Punctuation Worksheet 2

For Students 7th - 10th
In this grammar worksheet, students correct the punctuation and capitalization errors in fifteen sentences. Students check their answers when their done.
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All Aboard The Campaign Train!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars explore campaign politics. In this political campaign lesson, students investigate multimedia sources in order to examine the structure of political parties and platforms from previous presidential elections. Young...
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Worksheet
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Gold Rush

For Students 6th - 8th
In this gold rush activity, learners utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions about the nation during the time period. A short answer question is included as well.
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California-Becoming an Agricultural and Insustrial Power

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power. They trace the transformation of the California economy in its political and cultural development since the 1850's.