Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan Collection

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This great lesson plan collection includes 5 lesson plans that cover the importance of the Transcontinental Railroad. My students especially enjoy the Transcontinental Webquest and writing activity. Depending on how you use the lesson plans you will have activities for 3 to 5 class periods. Answer sheets and a grading rubric are included for the teacher.

The following lesson plans are included:

1. Transcontinental Railroad Webquest
2. Transcontinental Railroad 1869 Primary Source Worksheet
3. Transcontinental Railroads and the Development of Standardized Time Video Worksheet
4. Transcontinental Railroad Writing Activity
5. Mapping the Transcontinental Railroad and Cattle Trails Map Activity
(You will need to have a blank USA Map)

I would like to thank Dandy Doodles and the Artventurous Life for the clip art!

This lesson plan is in the following collection:
American West and Westward Expansion Lesson Plan Collection

Please take a look at some of my other Westward Expansion lesson plans.

Individual Westward Expansion lesson plans:

Webquests
Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition Webquest
Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny Webquest
Mexican American War Webquest
Oregon Trail Webquest
California Gold Rush Webquest
California Gold Rush Webquest: What did it really cost?
African Americans and the West: Buffalo Soldiers Webquest
Transcontinental Railroad Webquest
Chinese Americans and the Rock Springs Massacre Webquest
Sioux/Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Webquest
Dakota Conflict/U.S. Dakota War of 1862 Webquest
Native Americans Western Indian Wars 1866-1890 Webquest
Jesse James Webquest
Laura Ingalls Wilder Biographical Webquest
Klondike Gold Rush Webquest

Worksheets
Louisiana Purchase and Thomas Jefferson in Three Minutes Video Worksheet
Sacajawea in Three Minutes Video Worksheet
Alamo Primary Source Worksheet: Victory or Death Letter
Alamo Primary Source Worksheet: Mexican Perspective
Buffalo Hunt 1846 Primary Source Worksheet
Donner Party Primary Source Worksheet
California Gold Rush 1849 Primary Source Worksheet
California Gold Rush Vigilante Justice 1851 Primary Source Worksheet
Pony Express 1861 Primary Source Worksheet
Riding the Overland Stage 1861 Primary Source Worksheet
Crossing the Plains Primary Source Worksheet 1865
Transcontinental Railroad 1869 Primary Source Worksheet
Transcontinental Railroads and the Development of Standardized Time Video Worksheet
Shootout with Wild Bill Hickok Primary Source Worksheet
Texas Rangers 1876 Primary Source Worksheet
Death of Billy the Kid Primary Source Worksheet
Battle of the Little Bighorn Primary Source Worksheet
Massacre at Wounded Knee Primary Source Worksheet
A Cowboy in Dodge City 1882 Primary Source Worksheet
Ranchers and Farmers Collide in Nebraska Primary Source Worksheet
Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893 Primary Source Worksheet
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Primary Source Worksheet
Cattle Wars and the Execution of Tom Horn Primary Source Worksheet
Galveston Hurricane of 1900 Primary Source Worksheet
San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 Primary Source Worksheet

PowerPoints
Native Americans and Buffalo Hunts PowerPoint

Writing Activities/Journals
Alamo Letter Activity: Texas Revolution
Going West: Writing Journal Activities for Westward Expansion
Transcontinental Railroad Writing Activity
People of the Wild West Project

Please check out my other lesson plan collections:
Alamo Lesson Plan Collection
Texas Revolution: History and Geography Lesson Plans
California Gold Rush Lesson Plan Collection
Shifting Power on the Plains: Native American and Settler Perspectives
Western Webquest Sampler
Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan Collection
Westward Expansion Lesson Plan Collection: Mapping and Worksheets
Native American Lesson Plan and Webquest Collection
American and World History Primary Sources Worksheet Collection
American History and United States Geography Collection (History Wizard)
American History, World History, and Geography Collection (History Wizard)

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The History Wizard
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Teaching Duration
3 Days

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Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan Collection
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Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan Collection
Transcontinental Railroad Lesson Plan Collection