Field Trips

For your 4th grade students, we offer hands-on, engaging field trips that promote problem solving, comprehension and social interaction using our collection of historic locomotives and rolling stock. 

The programs below are developed using the most current MSDE curriculum standards for 4th grade students: 


African American Railroading Legacy

In this program, students will learn about the legacy of African Americans on the railroad. From the laying of the first tracks and the B&O’s connection to the Underground Railroad, through the Civil War Era and into the Civil Rights Movement the African American experience has been intertwined with the history of the railroad.

 Activities available for 4th grade students in this program: 
  • Tour: From Slavery to Civil Rights: The African American Railroading Legacy 
  • Workshop: Primary Source Detective Workshop
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud and an accompanying activity. Choose between Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein or The Pullman Porter: An American Journey by Vanita Oelschlager
  • Train Ride: Take a ride down the first mile of the B&O Railroad aboard the Mile One Express (available Wednesday-Friday) 
MSDE Curriculum Standards: 
  • MSDE SS Essential Question: What causes people to deny freedom to others?
  • MSDE SS Essential Question: How did slavery shape Maryland as a colony?

Environmental Impact 

In this program, students will learn about the impact the railroad has had on our environment. Using the different types of fuel used to power trains throughout history we will explore how they have contributed to climate change and what is being done today to prevent it. 

Activities available for 4th grade students in this program: 
  • Tour: Fueling America’s Railroads: Climate Change and the Evolution of Fuel Types 
  • Workshop: Your Impact on the Environment Workshop 
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud and an accompanying activity. Choose between The Story of Climate Change by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams or The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanne Cole and Bruce Dugan 
  • Train Ride: Take a ride down the first mile of the B&O Railroad aboard the Mile One Express (available Wednesday-Friday) 
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: 
  • 4-ESS3.A: Natural Resources 

Maryland History on the B&O Railroad 

In this program, students will learn how the B&O Railroad has contributed to the collective history of the state of Maryland. Use our historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock we will journey through the past 200 years of B&O history to discover the milestones of the railroad within the state of Maryland. 

Activities available for 4th grade students in this program: 
  • Tour: Maryland on the Rails: The B&O’s Contribution to Maryland History 
  • Workshop: Maryland History Stations Workshop 
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud and an accompanying activity. Choose between B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet by Shirley Menendez or Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levin and Kadir Nelson 
  • Train Ride: Take a ride down the first mile of the B&O Railroad aboard the Mile One Express (available Wednesday-Friday) 
MSDE Curriculum Standards: 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: Is exploration good for all? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How does where you live, impact how you live? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How did slavery shape Maryland as a colony? 

The Underground Railroad

In this program, students will learn how the B&O Railroad has contributed to the collective history of the state of Maryland. Use our historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock we will journey through the past 200 years of B&O history to discover the milestones of the railroad within the state of Maryland. 

Activities available for 4th grade students in this program: 
  • Tour: “The Underground Railroad: A Path to Freedom”  
  • Workshop: Reflecting Through Monoprint Design Workshop
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud of Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson and an accompanying activity.
  • Train Ride: Take a ride down the first mile of the B&O Railroad aboard the Mile One Express (available Wednesday-Friday) 
MSDE Curriculum Standards: 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: What causes people to deny freedom to others?
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How did slavery shape Maryland as a colony?

Build Your Own Field Trip 

Mix and match activities from available themes to build your own field trip.  Activities from other grade levels are available too but may not be aligned to 4th grade curriculum standards. 

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Questions about our programs?

Contact our Education Department at Edu@BORail.org

TwinBkp
Knoxville, TN

We did the train ride and our guide on board was excellent (history/information for the parents).

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