For this journal entry, your child will write facts about a train. Chugga, Chugga, Toot Toot!


Pioneer Days – Lesson 22

I can write about trains.

Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2)

Materials: journal, pencil, crayons

Procedures: Talk about how some of the pioneers settled in the Midwest but others went all the way to California. Read stories about John Henry and how the railroad was built. Discuss how trains made the travel faster and easier. Ask your child to write a fact about trains. Encourage her to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use letter-sounds that she hears in words. Write the real words under her sentence. Then she will illustrate her story.

Conclusion: Have your child read her story to you again. Talk about her nice illustrations and how you learned something from her nonfiction story.