Naturalist (Nature Smart) Intelligence Activities

  1. Build a Freedom Train Fort out of limbs, sticks, leaves, dirt, mud, and rocks etc. Make railroad track out of limbs, sticks, rocks etc.
  2. Archeological Freedom Train Fact Dig:
    1. Make a sand or dirt box. Ideas for Artifacts to hide in the sand or dirt:
      1. Write math fact numbers on rocks. Hide rocks down in the dirt or sand. After students find the rocks, have them sit in a circle and tell the Freedom Train fact related to the number on the rock, to the group.
      2. Print out Freedom Train Fact Small Game Cardspdficon_small or the Math Fact Small Game Cardspdficon_small on cardstock. Hide cards down in the dirt or sand. After students find the cards have them sit in a circle and each read their fact card to the group.
      3. Variation: Have an egg hunt. Print and cut out facts or math facts provided. Then put the cut out pieces of paper inside plastic eggs. Hide the eggs down in the dirt or sand. After students find the eggs, have them sit in a circle and tell the Freedom Train fact found inside the egg, to the group.
  • Treasure Hunt for Freedom Train Facts
    1. Find a treasure box that can be used.
    2. Draw a treasure map with Map Key and Symbols for students to follow to find hidden treasure box.
    3. Put fact inside a plastic sandwich bag with some type of food.
    4. Once students find the treasure box, open and sit in a circle and each student read the fact before all enjoy their treat.
    5. Variation: Write clues to lead students to discover hidden treasure.
The 1947 Freedom Train is sure to be a family favorite and teacher treasure
for generations to come.
It’s an untold story that inspires patriotism, respect for all our military heroes,
and appreciation of our great freedoms!

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