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103 reviewed resources for transcontinental railroad

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The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad#140

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars 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...
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The Railroad Is Born

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the proposal of Theodore Judah for the first transcontinental railroad. They analyze a map, write an obituary for Theodore Judah, and create a symbolic poster of Judah's dream for a transcontinental railroad.
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Building the Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the challenges faced by the work crews that constructed the first transcontinental railroad. They read and discuss text and illustrations, role-play jobs and the difficulties faced by the railroad workers, write a...
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Industrial Growth (1865 - 1914)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It wasn't like the American Industrial Revolution just happened overnight; or did it? Critically examine the inventors, inventions, investments, and tycoons that made the Industrial Revolution happen. Covered are over 50 years of...
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USH Industrialization: The effects of the railroads

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders interpret a time zone map and describe the effects of the railroads. They discuss what a continent is, what you think it means if something is transcontinental and offer descriptions about some different inventions from...
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Ten Mile Day

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Get your class working on the railroad with this detailed and interactive lesson. After reading and discussing Ten Mile Day, learners explore division of labor, human capital, and productivity with a hands-on group activity in which they...
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I've Been Working on the Railroad

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad.  In this American History lesson, 7th graders create a map of where the railroad existed.  Students present their projects to class.  
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The Transcontinental Railroad

For Students 4th - 5th
In this reading comprehension and writing exercise worksheet, students read a 1 paragraph selection about the Transcontinental Railroad then respond to 1 short answer question pertaining to views of the Native Americans.
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The New West: The Gold Rush

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Take your class back to the New West and the times of the Gold Rush, with a great slide show. They'll find wonderful images and lots of easy-to-read informational text describing everything from boom towns to The Battle of Little Big...
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Railroads across the Country

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students see how to read and trace transcontinental routes on a nineteenth-century railroad map of the United States. They identify their home city or a nearby city on the core map and explain how railroads helped travelers back in the...
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Jeopardy Review Game: Industrial Revolution

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Test learners on how well they know the changes, inventions, issues, and causes of the American Industrial Revolution. Included in this Jeopardy-style game are 25 questions.
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Perfect Postcards: Illinois

For Teachers 4th Standards
Connect the geography and history of Illinois using an art-centered lesson on the railroads. The railroad connected once-distant places, particularly in the Midwest. Using research, class members create postcards of fictional cross-state...
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Traveling the Transcontinental from Yesterday to Today

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the impact of the train on the physical landscape and spatial organization of America. They read and analyze various poems, analyze maps, and develop a list of the positive and negative changes brought by the introduction...
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History and Government of the United States

For Students 7th - 9th
In this U.S. instructional activity, students take notes in a graphic organizer as they read several passages, then answer four comprehension questions.
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Jeopardy: Westward Expansion

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Let's play Jeopardy! Review key information about the Westward Expansion. The class will play to review 25 items such as, The Gold Rush, Plains Indians, and The Battle of Little Big Horn. Tip: Invite a neighbouring class to join in for...
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I Will Meet You In The Middle

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars use the 50 States Quarter Reversal as a context of learning a curriculum concept based from the state of Utah. They research the concepts of cause and effect. Also, they use customary units of measurement to find length...
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Study Guide- Chapter 15: The Western Frontier

For Students 7th - 11th
Once your historians are ready to take a test on the western frontier, give them a study guide like this to help them prepare. Although this guide is fairly specific, you can easily use it as an outline for your own (or to guide your...
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The Wild, Wild West

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the American West. In this American history lesson, 6th graders use propaganda to create a poster advertising the use of the Transcontinental Railroad to head West.
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The Industrial Economy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Delve into the nitty-gritty of American industrialization in the decades after the Civil War, a period which saw the introduction of a national currency, dramatic population and economic growth, and the birth of the first modern...
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Westward Expansion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look into the American movement to the wild west during the late nineteenth century and the drastic consequences this had for native populations. The video discusses the importance of the transcontinental railroad in...
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The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law and construction of a transcontinental railroad to the conflicts that arose as a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dred Scott decision, this video will take your young historians through...
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The Railroad Booms!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discover how the railroads contributed to the interdependence between farms and towns. Using the railroads, they describe the effect of them on western settlement and the relationship between their location and the availability...
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Developing a Gateway to the West

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify various topographical features that contribute to the growth of a city. They identify how military strategies contribute to the growth of a city.
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The Wild, Wild West

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the history of the transcontinental railroad. They use advertising propaganda techniques to design and create a poster encouraging people to explore the West by rail.

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