Freight Train: Donald Crews

Freight Train

Author/Illustrator: Donald Crews
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1978
Brief Summary: A freight train carrying different cars of different colors travel through tunnels, cities, in darkness and daylight.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Review colors
  • Counting
  • Transportation: talk about different kinds of transportation, which ones children have been on, different kinds of trains/train cars, etc.
  • What do different types of train cars do?  What do we use trains for, other than taking people from one place to another?
  • Art: Have children create their own trains by cutting out different colored construction paper (or have pre-made die cuts that they can arrange onto their page).  Label with colors and numbers.
  • Math: Give children different colors of train cars (number of colors depends on level of math)…have them make a pattern with their train cars.  (e.g. red-yellow-red-yellow-red-yellow, or the 1-2-1-2 pattern)

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: transportation (see above)
  • Art
  • Math – counting, number patterns

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Signal Mountain Library

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