I've Been Working on the Railroad An American Classic

i;ve been working on the railroad  westcott

An illustrated presentation of the familiar folk song about railroad life.---from the publisher

32 pages                        978-0786800537                  Ages 4-7

Keywords:  songs, sing along, classic, repetition, trains, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old


In this version of this classic American song, Nadine Bernard Westcott begins our trip in a city filled with skyscrapers and journeys us along to the distinctive landscape of the American West filled with a cactus or two, the requisite cattle and  Dinah's Cafe.  Rhythmic and fun to sing along.

Recommended by:  Barb  Langridge, abookandahug.com


Teacher's Recommendations:

Have a first or second grade class get in a line and dance around the class like a train, sing the song and then read the story.

Classroom uses: there are many vowel sounds throughout the songs which could create a fun phonics game to play in the classroom.---from Monica on Goodreads

Have the students stand on the rug and sing the song while doing “railroad movements” (Hammering stakes into the ground, blowing the whistle, laying down tracks.) Hook letters together (on train cars) to make a train. Make sure to point out which letters are the engine and which are the caboose.---from Jessica Blonder on Goodreads


Other versions of this song include:

I've Been Working on the Railroad (A Shaped Board Book on Wheels) 978-0590543170 12 pages

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