The Railway Children


About the story

When their father is arrested based on false accusations, three children and their mother must move from their London mansion to a country cottage near a train station. Throughout The Railway Children, the children have adventures and encounters that earn them friends from all walks of life, teach them ethics and etiquette, and help them prove their father’s innocence. This delightful classic is a heartwarming model of resourcefulness, and what it means to look out for each other.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Railway Children with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can act out old advertisements, enjoy “pie for breakfast,” hear barge songs and train sounds, create their own special places out of flower petals and leaves, learn about the Russian Revolution, explore uniquely British games and phrases, design a poster, draw caricature portraits, wave red petticoat flags to stop runaway trains, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Kit for THE RAILWAY CHILDREN by E. Nesbit - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on The Railway Children. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Railway Children includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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