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Discover Canada’s rushing rivers, majestic mountains, and rolling prairies. Admire the scenery from the vantage point of a passenger or freight train.
Steep waterfalls, mountain passes, swampy woods, rolling prairies, still lakes, rushing rivers, and more pass by your window. Where are you? On a train crossing Canada! The National Canadian Railways is a system that merges more than 200 separate railways to move freight around this great country. Via Rail Canada is a separate system that carries people.
Construction of a railway was one of the conditions a territory was required to meet before it could join the Dominion of Canada. Look at a map or go on the Internet to find the distances covered by trains in Canada. Check out photographs of historic trains. Provide time in the school day for students, working in small groups, to research the history behind the development of this railway system.
Once research is complete and organized, students will make a triarama stage for their train scenes. They begin by cutting a large square from a recycled file folder with Crayola® Scissors. Save the scraps. Fold the points of the square together in both directions. This makes a line from each corner to the center. Unfold. Cut along one fold to the center. Later, students will slide the two pieces on either side of the cut under each other to make the triarama stand up.
Students choose the Canadian terrain that their train will be passing through. Is it on a bridge crossing a stream, clinging to the edge of a mountain, or clearing a path through snow? Students sketch ideas on the back and bottom of their triaramas with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.
Next students select the type of train they’re riding. Is it a freight train, a contemporary passenger train, or perhaps a historic steam engine? Students draw and color trains (except the engines) with colored pencils and Crayola Washable Markers. Fold one bottom part of the triarama underneath. Seal the bottom with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the triarama overnight.
To make the train appear to be moving forward, students design a 3-D engine. From the file folder scraps, fold and cut a rectangular box. Decorate it to resemble a train engine. Glue the sides. Air-dry the engine.
Add any details and final colors. Glue the engine on the triarama. ALL ABOARD!
Provide an opportunity for students to share their research with small groups of classmates.
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