Transcontinental Railroad: The Challenge of Bridging a Continent
Research the Transcontinental Railroad

Instructional Time: 45 minutes on Day 1

Students will research the Transcontinental Railroad using a web resource list called The Force Behind the Transcontinental Railroad. These sites have been selected for being content-rich and kid-friendly. The students will be able to choose Worksheet #1 or Worksheet #2 to guide their note-taking. Through their research, they will become acquainted with all of the major topics that will be explored during the unit: the history, the geography, and the people who contributed to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.


HSS.4.4.1. Understand the story and lasting influence of the Pony Express, Overland Mail Service, Western Union, and the building of the transcontinental railroad, including the contributions of Chinese workers to its construction.