a variety of activities for students to choose from
sample of what is included:
Create a collage in a creative shape (ex: railroad car, RR crossing sign, etc.) to show important events and ideas of the transcontinental railroad. Write a paragraph explaining the pictures you’ve included. Be creative!
By 1890, there were five transcontinental railroads in the United States. Research the locations and paths of the five transcontinental railroads and draw these paths on a blank map of the United States. Label major cities that each railroad passes through. Write a paragraph that explains what happened to the growth of these cities as a result of the railroad.
Pony Express Advertisement
Imagine your job is to hire new riders for the Pony Express. Write a ½ page ad that summarizes the tasks involved as well as the skills and personal qualities a successful rider needs. Include an illustration.
Choose an important person discussed in the chapter. Create a poster honoring that person in some way. Include symbols and pictures that represent the person’s contributions to CA. Write a paragraph explaining the significance of symbols and pictures you used. You may also include a drawing of the person.
Basic Rubric Included