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Welcome to Junior Junction! Here at the B&O Railroad Museum, we are working diligently to develop tools and resources that can serve both educators and students who are currently impacted by mandated school closures. Each Tuesday and Thursday while schools are closed, we’ll be posting a Junior Junction special, which includes a virtual story time, accompanied by a corresponding educational activity that can be easily downloaded to use at home. Our education staff is dedicated to posting new content for a variety of ages to continue to support our teachers, parents, and the children throughout the community and offer a fulfilling educational experience at home. All aboard!

 

      

 


 

Story 1

  • TITLE: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 1-4
 
  • ACTIVITY: Did you know that the first job women could have on the railroad was in the telegraph office? They had to know a special code called “Morse code.” See if you can crack the code and solve the messages from the B&O!
 
 

 

 

Story 2

  • TITLE: “How to Train a Train” by Jason Carter Eaton
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, March 26, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-2
 
  • ACTIVITY: Take charge of your own train and look the part with this fun engineer’s hat craft.
 
 

 

 

Story 3

  • TITLE: “Rairoad Hank” by Lisa Moser
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-2
 
  • ACTIVITY: Design your own cheerful train with this color and cut activity!
 
 

 

 

Story 4

  • TITLE: “Here Comes the Garbage Barge” by Jonah Winter
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, April 2, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED AGE RANGE: PreK-3
 
  • ACTIVITY: Kids of all ages can reduce, reuse, and recycle with this family friendly vegetable planter. All you need are seeds from last night's vegetables, a little soil from the garden, and a used k-cup.
 
 

 

 

Story 5

  • TITLE: “Magnet Max” by Monica Lozano Hughes
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 2-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Kids become the scientist with this fun guided exploration. Complete a scientific scavenger hunt or challenge a sibling to a magnet race.
 
 

 

 

Story 6

  • TITLE: “Easter Engines” by Wilbert Awdry
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, April 9, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: This fun spring activity encourages young learners to get outside and discover the green spaces around them on a nature scavenger hunt.
 
 

 

 

Story 7

  • TITLE: “There's No Place Like Space!” by Tish Rabe
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 1-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Young engineers explore the great beyond as they design their own solar system using coffee filters, markers, and the power of the sun!
 
 

 

 

Story 8

  • TITLE: “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, April 16, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 2-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Budding architects will put their critical thinking skills to work as they build their own bridge using household objects. Share your design with us on social media using #BOJrJunction, and don’t forget to tag the B&O!
 
 

 

 

Story 9

  • TITLE: “All Aboard the Dinotrai” by Tish Rabe
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: K-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Little engineers will become young paleontologists as they follow this easy tutorial to make their own fossils.
 
 

 

 

Story 10

  • TITLE: “Henry and the Elephant” by Wilbert Awdry
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, April 23, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-2
 
  • ACTIVITY: Using the train template below, design your own circus train for James or Thomas to pull all their animal friends.
 
 

 

 

Story 11

  • TITLE: “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 3-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Take advantage of your local library’s digital checkout program to read this favorite of young rail-fans. Challenge your young reader to construct and design a shoe box diorama of their own boxcar home.
 
 

 

 

Story 12

  • TITLE: “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, April 30, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: K-3
 
  • ACTIVITY: Budding scientists can perform their own experiment at home with these plans for a playdough volcano.
 
 

 

 

Story 13

  • TITLE: “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Tame your own dragons with these recipes for kid-friendly veggie or fruit salsa.
 
 

 

 

Story 14

  • TITLE: “Today I'm A Monster” by Trevor Judson & Agnes Green
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, May 7, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-3 (breathing wands activity), 5-8 (gratitude journal activity)
 
  • ACTIVITY: The B&O is proud to participate as a Community Champion for the Children’s Mental Health Matters campaign. Young readers can practice focus and controlled breathing by designing their own breathing wand. Older participants can start guided reflections by starting their own gratitude journal.
 
 

 

 

Story 15

  • TITLE: “The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip” by Joanna Cole
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 1-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Go on your own electric exploration! Kids will move their own electric train with static electricity, then go on a quest to find electricity around their home.
 
 

 

 

Story 16

  • TITLE: “All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism” by Danielle Royer & Shaina Rudolph
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, May 14, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: This week’s Junior Junction special is a virtual Sensory Friendly Day, complete with an inclusive sensory activity perfect for children with autism spectrum disorder and/or sensory processing differences. Spring is upon us, but today kids of all ages can play with this sensory friendly snowball that won’t melt.
 
 

 

 

Story 17

  • TITLE: “The Magic School Bus Gets A Bright Idea” by Nancy White
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 1-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Is it science or is it magic? Join us for today’s story as we explore the properties of light. Afterwards, try our at-home challenge and use your new knowledge of light to build a shadowy skyscraper.
 
 

 

 

Story 18

  • TITLE: “P Is For President” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, May 21, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 1-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: What do you know about U.S. presidents? Join us for a fun exploration of what it takes to be a president. Use your new knowledge to tell us what you would do if you were president!
 
 

 

 

Story 19

  • TITLE: “Sofia Valdez, Future Prez” by Andrea Beaty
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Meet Sofia, a young girl who wants to change the world! She takes on a special mission to make her town a better place for everyone. Help Sofia by designing your own park for Sofia’s town during today’s activity.
 
 

 

 

Story 20

  • TITLE: “The Magic School Bus at The Waterworks” by Joanna Cole
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, May 28, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: 1-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Today we explore the world of water around us. From the water we drink, to droplets of rain, water takes an amazing journey to get to us. Then, conduct your own at-home water science experiment and create your own lava lamp!
 
 

 

 

Story 21

  • TITLE: “My Little Golden Book About the Statue of Liberty” by Jen Arena
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: K-3
 
  • ACTIVITY: The Statue of Liberty was a gift for America’s 100th birthday. For your 100th birthday, what would you like to receive? A statue? A rocket ship? Design your own 100th birthday surprise.
 
 

 

 

Story 22

  • TITLE: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendake
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, June 4, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: K-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Start your own wild rumpus by acting out some “wild thing” sight words in this fun game of charades.
 
 

 

 

Story 23

  • TITLE: “Scribble Stones” by Diane Alber
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: K-5
 
  • ACTIVITY: Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with this fun, creative craft. Design your own scribble stone to keep, share, or gift.
 
 

 

 

Story 24

  • TITLE: “Sticks” by Diane Alber
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Thursday, June 11, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-3
 
  • ACTIVITY: A lone popsicle stick finds what makes him unique in the world. Turn your own stick into a colorful masterpiece with this special painting technique.
 
 

 

 

Story 25

  • TITLE: “Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes” by Eva Chen
 
  • VIRTUAL STORY TIME: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
 
  • SUGGESTED GRADE RANGE: PreK-3
 
  • ACTIVITY: Watch as Juno finds out how the right pair of shoes can help you change the world. Then use this week’s activity to design your own pair of magical shoes.
 
 

 

 
 
 

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