Wild West Careers: Transcontinental Railroad Workers
This product contains 9 one-page reading passages covering The Transcontinental Railroad Workers, Life on the Job, Central Pacific Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Promontory Summit, Dangers of the Job and more. This product is also perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included). THIS LESSON INCLUDES READING PASSAGES, ACTIVITIES, REVIEW GAME, WORKSHEET AND TEACHER’S KEY.

The building of the Transcontinental Railroad was an important part of American history. Beginning in 1863, workers on the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad began work on what many would consider to be a remarkable achievement in engineering.

Reading Passages*
9 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

• East Coast to West Coast
• The Central Pacific Railroad
• The Union Pacific Railroad
• All in a Day’s Work
• Life on the Job
• Who Were the Workers? Central Pacific Railroad
• Who Were the Workers? Union Pacific Railroad
• Promontory Summit
• Interesting Facts About the Transcontinental Railroad

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Primary Source Picture and analysis
 Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad!
 Job Application – Transcontinental Railroad Worker
 Review Game: True or False?
 Coloring Page
 Gold Spike Craft
 Transcontinental Railroad Activity Suggestions
 Map the Route!
 Create a Newspaper!

This is one lesson in a series of “Wild, Wild West Careers Lesson Plans.” Each of the Wild, Wild West Careers lesson plans covers the career and information about the time period as it relates to the career. The series covers the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually.

*These Reading Passages also appear in my other Wild West History Products


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Created: Jul 22, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

Lesson Plan

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