Reading Jingle the Brass

Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Reference Materials
Duration: 30 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/30/2010

Jingle the Brass is a book about a young boy who learns words used by railroad workers of the steam-engine era while on an exciting train trip. Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train!, this activity includes strategies that will help adults and children actively read Jingle the Brass together. OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring the history of trains in America. Focused on actively reading Jingle the Brass, a historical fiction picture book about a ride on a steam locomotive, this module also includes links to a hands-on activity, field trip, and object-based learning experience.

National Standards

Historical Thinking Standards (Grades K-4)

Standards For English Language Arts (Grades K-12)

Standards in History (Grades K-4)

United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)

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