The Golden Spike, An Arts Integrated Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


The building of the Transcontinental Railroad was a huge undertaking from it’s first conception to the driving of the golden spike on May 10, 1869. The obstacles were many and danger was ever present. Men worked through extreme heat and cold while the challenges seemed to always lie just ahead.

This packet includes history, facts, worksheets, coloring pages and arts integrated activities that will enhance learning though math, science, geography, art, writing, printable worksheets and research. The goal is to help students want to learn more and to let their imaginations soar.

Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take an additional 15 minutes to several days to complete. This is the perfect addition to a unit on the United States History, Railroads, the Golden Spike or Utah History.

Click here to download a sample of this packet.


Packet Includes:

  • Facts about the Transcontinental Railroad
  • History of the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Transcontinental Railroad & Time Zones

Art Integrated Activities:

  • Visual Art activities
  • Geography activities
  • Math activities
  • Literature & Writing activities
  • Social Studies & History activities
  • Science & Physics activities

Research & Information on:

  • The Transcontinental Railroad
  • The Ballad of Casey Jones
  • The Golden Spike
  • Locomotives
  • Time Zones & Vocabulary


  • Tracks Across the Nation Rap
  • Map of the Transcontinental Railroad Worksheet
  • Transcontinental Railroad Math Worksheet
  • The Ballad of Casey Jones
  • The Golden Spike Template / Worksheet
  • Transcontinental Railroad & Time Zones Facts and Worksheet
  • Trains of the Transcontinental Railroad Fact & Coloring Page
  • The Central Pacific’s Jupiter Train Coloring Page
  • The Union Pacific’s No 119 Train Coloring Page

Resources & Links:

  • Books for personal and/or class reading
  • Websites for more information and further research

Answer Key & Sources

Activities take 15+ minutes to complete

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Formats Included
  • PDF
  • 44 pages

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