America’s First Transcontinental Railroad

America’s First Transcontinental Railroad explores the significance of the building of the railroad across the entire United States. To complete this project, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroad Companies were formed and the competition to finish the most track began. The West would never be the same after the completion of the rails, which brought change to all aspects of western life.

This program has been designed as a teacher resource for leading classroom discussions on curriculum topics including:

  • Chinese Immigrants
  • Affects of the Railroad on the Native Americans
  • Development of the West
  • Affects of the Railroad on the West
  • Government Land Grants
  • Central Pacific Railroad Company
  • Irish Immigrants
  • Labor Used to Build the Railroad
  • Native American Opposition
  • Pacific Railroad Act of 1864
  • Promontory Point
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • Utah Territory

Subscribers have access to these additional resources for “America’s Transcontinental Railroad”:

 Printable document of the story
 Printable document with all popups (pictures and text) 
 Literacy strategies document
 Teacher Guide for implementing in the classroom 
 Lesson plans contributed by teachers 
 Student activities (printable version)