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.

Next we colored the details.

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

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!

Check out my Things That Go: {A Transportation Unit} to go with this train activity!


  1. 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.
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. The link for the directed draw instructions is not working.