Boxcar Children: Part 1

Information About This Unit

List of Materials and Supplies Needed for This Pathway:

Boxcar Children Dictionary:

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Crayons or markers
  • A hole punch
  • Brass fasteners


Blueberries and Cream:

  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups half and half cream, cream or whole milk
  • 2 tbs. sugar, if desired


Cozy Beds:

  • Pine needles, hay, straw or raffia


Make a Boxcar:

  • A box (as big as a refrigerator box or as small as a shoe box)
  • Paint and brushes
  • Paper or small dolls
  • Crayons or markers


Antonym Word Hunt:

  • Old magazines or catalogs
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors


Spelling/Vocabulary Word List:

  • Paper
  • A pencil or pen
  • Crayons or markers


Newspaper Synonyms and Antonyms:

  • Sports section of newspaper
  • Paper
  • A pencil


Synonym and Antonym Bingo:

  • Thesaurus
  • Paper
  • A pencil


Writing Journal: 

  • A 3-ring binder (preferably with a clear pocket on the front)
  • 3 notebook dividers with tabs
  • A marker or pencil
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils, if desired


Writing Assignments:



  • A printer and basic printing supplies
  • A pencil
Links to Related Pathways (if any):


Links to Free Learning Material

Activities.pngLanguage Arts Concepts:

Spelling/Vocabulary Word List (no rating)

Copy this week's spelling/vocabulary words on a piece of paper. 

Alphabetical Order (no rating)

Have your child write the spelling words in alphabetical order. 

Create Rainbow Words (no rating)

Have your child create rainbow words to practice this week spelling/vocabulary words. 

Antonym Word Hunt (no rating)

Have your child find and cut out this week’s spelling words from different magazines. When your child is finished, he can make an antonym collage using the words he found.

Sentence Fun (no rating)

Have your child write a sentence using each of this weeks spelling/vocabulary words. 

Story Words (no rating)

Have your child make up a short story using all of this week’s spelling/vocabulary words.

Sea Scenes Synonyms and Antonyms (no rating)

Review what synonyms and antonyms are. 

Newspaper Synonyms and Antonyms (no rating)

You will use the newspaper to rewrite headlines in this activity. 

Synonym and Antonym Bingo (no rating)

Play a game of bingo to identify synonyms and antonyms. 




Type: Pathway
Subjects: Language Arts
Grade Levels: 3rd Grade
Resource Type: Lesson
Instructional Method: Traditional