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Rocky Mountain Railroad

on March 2, 2012

During our Rocky Mountain unit, I decided to have a lesson about the railroad.  It was an important element in Colorado history.

We began our lesson by reading The Rocky Mountain Railroad and the Runaway Caboose by Glenn Brooks.


After reading the book, students had 4 centers available to choose from:

1.  Board game I made based on the vocab in the book.


2. Train Building from recycles materials-100% student run.  I did not make any suggestions on what elements to include or how to create the pieces.

So sophisticated!!  by 1st grade boys


Engines with smoke stakes, whistles, and tender carts.  by 2nd grade girl (left) and 1st grade girl (right)


by 1st grade boyImage

Diner cars. by 1st grade girls

Equipped with tables, dinnerware, food and a rug.


Chair for her princess and a fancy cake.



The diagram, which came from the back pages of the book, was copied it onto 11×17 paper so the words were easily read.



I do not have pictures of the matching game but basically I took pictures from the text and had the children match them with the word and definition.  This proved to be pretty challenging, so in the future I would create a memory game of very simple pictures with the key words below.

This lesson was very fun and engaging.  It had many elements to cater to different learning styles and the student had a blast!


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