Field Trips

For your 5th 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 5th 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 5th grade students in this program:  
  • Tour: From Slavery to Civil Rights: The African American Railroading Legacy  
  • Workshop: Reflecting on History through Monoprint Design 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 Social Studies – Essential Question: How did conflicts over slavery result in the Civil War?   
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How did the conclusion of the Civil War affect the United States (North and South) and Maryland? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How has government evolved to expand the meaning of “We the People”? 

The Civil War  

In this program, students will explore the world’s first major war that was fought using the railroad- The Civil War. Students will discover the impact the B&O Railroad had o the outcome of the Civil War through this program. 

Activities available for 5th grade students in this program:  
  • Tour: The Civil War: The War Came By Train 
  • Workshop: Artifact Exploration: Life During the Civil War 
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud and an accompanying activity. Choose between How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk or William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate 
  • 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: How did conflicts over slavery result in the Civil War? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How did the conclusion of the Civil War affect the United States (North and South) and Maryland? 

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 5th 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:  
  • 5-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems  

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 5th grade students in this program:  
  • Tour: Maryland on the Rails: The B&O’s Contribution to Maryland History  
  • Workshop: Maryland History Stations 
  • 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: How did conflicts over slavery result in the Civil War? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How did the conclusion of the Civil War affect the United States (North and South) and Maryland? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How has government evolved to expand the meaning of “We the People”? 

Railroad Technology  

In this program, students will explore how the B&O Railroad has been the epicenter of technological advancements on the railroad throughout its history.  Using our historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock students can learn about how technology influenced design changes to locomotives and get to build and race their own vehicles made from LEGOs on a test track.  

Activities available for 3rd grade students in this program:  
  • Tour: Technology Changes: Innovations in Locomotive Design  
  • Workshop: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! LEGO Workshop  
  • 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: Do the benefits of post-Civil War industrialization outweigh the costs?  
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: 
  • ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem 
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions 
  • ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution 

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 5th grade curriculum standards.

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Questions about our programs?

Contact our Education Department at Edu@BORail.org

Ransom007
Anaheim, CA

The roundhouse was my favorite part, because it gives a true feel for what goes on in a roundhouse—the cars are stationary, but seeing the actual tracks is eye-opening.

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