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Transcontinental Railroad QR Code Scavenger Hunt

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I know that you and your students will learn so much from this and it’s a great way to integrate technology into the standards!

This scavenger hunt incorporates 14 primary source images from the building of the transcontinental railroad with facts about the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific rail companies. It is fun and interactive.

This file may be used in many ways:
1.Whole group instruction:
Go around as a whole class and scan the codes. Discuss as a group.
2. Small Group Work
Split the group into two (or four) groups and give them a device to scan the QR codes.
3. As a review
4. As a intriguing introductory lesson
5. As a final assessment

This activity comes with the following PDF files:
-Teacher planner (master fact list, suggested lesson plan, tips & tricks)
-19 printable posters with interactive QR codes for students to scan.
-Printable student worksheet
all within a zip file.

Tips:
*While not absolutely necessary, this activity is best used with a QR code scanning app. Many QR code readers are free on apple & android devices. They are easy to use and are very student-friendly.

Suggested Lesson Plan:
Pre Planning:
a. Print the posters and worksheets
b. Download QR code readers on at least two devices
c. Hang up posters (I prefer doing this outside, but in the classroom works as well). Start the Union line from one and of the trail & the Central line from another end. Have them meet in the middle (Promotory Point, Utah).
1. Instruct students in using the QR code reader.
2. Split into 2 groups- The Union Pacific Line & The Central Pacific Line
3. Give each group/student a worksheet and a QR Code reader.
4. Each group will find each “train Station” and complete their worksheet. They’ll meet the second group in “Utah” and conference with each other to finish their worksheets.
5. When finished with their conferences, they can return to their seats to draw a postcard about their travels!

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