History of Transportation in America: Railroads


In this lesson, students will learn about the history of transportation in America with a focus on railroads. They will discover how these once-vital pieces of American infrastructure have been innovated and adapted to meet the needs of modern society. By the end of the lesson, students will understand that innovation and technology are always changing the American landscape, especially when it comes to transportation.

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It’s hard to imagine America without railroads. They’ve been a part of our country’s history for over two centuries. And they’re still an important part of our economy and transportation system today. In this lesson, students will be asked to consider how technology and innovation affect the American economy. Railroads were once a vital part of the American experience and the least expensive way to┬átravel. Unfortunately, new technologies replaced railroads over time. However, in this lesson, students will discover that railroads and railways have a bright future as economical and environmentally friendly travel or moving freight.

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.GEO.8.3-5, NCSS.D2.GEO.9.3-5, NCSS.D2.HIS.1 & 2.3.5

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state