Connecting the Coasts: Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad (Adventures on the American Frontier)
Imagine sitting in a basket dangling thousands of feet above the ground drilling a hole into the side of mountain. Then you have to stuff that hole with dynamite and get out of the way before it explodes. This dangerous work was just part of the job for the men who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Lively language, historical photos and illustrations, and primary accounts help readers understand the dangers the workers faced every day while building the Transcontinental Railroad. Meets Common Core critical thinking standards, and provides strong ties to social studies standards on westward expansion.
Nurture your little history buff's interest with engaging stories about real American heroes and events. I was drawn into the tales of Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea, the builders of the transcontinental railroad, early California and the gold miners, and the brave souls who ventured west on the Oregon Trail. While much was familiar, I learned some new nuggets of America's history. The books have colorful illustrations, interesting sidebars and little notes scattered here and there. In the back of each is a timeline & glossary, additional reading suggestions, online things to explore and a few questions to test your child's reading comprehension which can be used as writing prompts. 32pp, sc. ~ Sara