Steam Trains

We are learning about “Things that Have Wheels” in our language arts curriculum.  I just finished my Transportation Unit, and I found this awesome post on how to do a directed drawing of a steam train.  {You can see the steps HERE.}  So I decided to do a drawing and writing of a train!

Before we could write about trains, I thought it would be good to explore them.  I brought out our toy trains and we took turns rolling it down the track.  We talked about what trains have, what they can do, and what we like about them.

I used the directed drawing directions and we drew the train step-by-step in pencil.  I drew the two large wheels for everyone ahead of time.  This helped them make their train a large enough size so they could add all the details on.

Once they drew the train in pencil, they traced it in Sharpie.

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Next we colored the details.

Finally, they wrote two sentences about their train.  We really focused on finger spaces for this assignment!


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Of course we read “The Little Engine That Could,” accompanied with my train whistle, to give it some pizazz!  I am on my way to Spring Break tomorrow!  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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2 responses to “Steam Trains”

  1. Lori Avatar

    Looks like a fun unit! It is sure to capture the attention of most of the boys for sure and a lot of the girls too.
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  2. {pam} Avatar

    The link for the directed draw instructions is not working.