Bilingual Programs Chapter

Preschool Program: Trenes en moción / Trains in Motion

Books to Share

  • Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence.
  • El viaje en tren by June Crebbin.
  • Feliz cumpleaños Tomás by Owain Bell and Desiree Marquez.
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad by Ann Owen.
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.
  • Las travesuras de Tomas y otros cuentos by Paola Bedarida Saunders.
  • Los problemas de Tomas y otros cuentos by Paola Bedarida Saunders.
  • Trains by Gail Gibbons.

Bulletin Board

Train in Motion

Cover the bulletin board with light blue or yellow paper. Place letters for the 2008 theme, "Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008!" at the top of the board. Design a train with at least six cars that is large enough to fit the bulletin board. Write the following years on each train car: 1958, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2008, to highlight the Jubilee celebration of the Texas Reading Club. You may wish to place the name of your library on the engine. To each train car, affix 2008 Texas Reading Club clip art with characters reading books. Enlarge one of the train patterns provided at the end of this program or use any other pattern you have available.

Nametags

Trains

Use a die-cut train shape or the pattern provided in this program to create nametags.

Display

Trains!

Display picture books and non-fiction books about trains and watch them fly off the shelves. Trains are a popular topic, so be sure to have plenty of books to replenish your display.

Action Songs

Green Says Go

(Traditional. This game is also a teaching tool used to distinguish between fast and show. It shows the importance understanding safety signals. Repeat this game up to three times and mix and match Spanish and English.)

Yellow means be careful! (March slowly)

Green means you may go! (March in place fast)

But red is most important: it means stop, you know! (Stand still)

Adelante, ahora es verde

(Tradicional. Translated by Paula Gonzales.)

Amarillo es significa despacio. (March slowly)

Adelante, ahora es verde. (March fast)

¡Rojo! Ahora vamos a parar. (Stop)

Las Ruedas del Tren

(Tradicional.Adapted and translated by Paula Gonzales. Sing to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus.”)

Las ruedas del tren hacen clickety clack, (Slide the palms of hands together while saying “clickety, clack, clack”)

clack, clack. Clickety, clack, clack.

Clickety, clack, clack.

Las ruedas del tren

hacen clickety, clack, clack

por esta vía.

El silbido del tren hace woo, woo, woo, (Pretend to pull a train whistle while saying “woo, woo, woo”)

woo, woo, woo. Woo, woo, woo.

El silbido del tren hace woo, woo, woo

por esta vía.

La gente en el tren salta y salta, (Bounce up and down on your seat)

salta y salta, salta y salta

La gente en el tren salta y salta

por esta vía.

Las puertas del tren se abren y se cierran, (Open and close your hands)

abren y se cierran, abren y se cierran.

Las puertas del tren se abren y se cierran

abren y se cierran, abren y se cierran

por esta vía.

El bebe en el tren hace “na, na, na. (Act as though you are crying)

Na, na, na. Na, na, na.”

El bebe en el tren hace “na, na, na.”

por esta vía.

La mama en el tren hace “shish, shish, shish. (Hold finger in front of lips to “shush”)

Shish, shish, shish. Shish, shish, shish.”

La mama en el tren hace

“Sshish, shish, shish.”

por esta vía.

The Wheels on the Train

(Traditional.)

The wheels on the train go clickety, clack, clack.

Clickety, clack, clack. Clickety, clack, clack.

The wheels on the train go clickety, clack, clack.

Going down the train track.

The whistle on the train goes woo,woo,

Woo, woo, woo. Woo, woo, woo.

The whistle on the train goes woo, woo, woo.

Going down the train track.

The people on the train go up and down,

Up and down, up and down.

The people on the train go up and down

Going down the train track.

The doors on the train go open and shut,

Open and shut, open and shut.

The doors on the train go open and shut,

Going down the train track.

The baby on the train goes “waah, waah, waah.

Waah, waah, waah. Waah, waah, waah.”

The baby on the train goes “wah, waah, waah.”

Going down the train track.

The mother on the bus goes, “Whhh, shhh, shhh.

Shh, shhh, shhh. Shh, shhh, shhh.”

The mother on the bus goes, “shhh, shhh, shhh.”

Going down the train track.

This Is a Choo Choo Train

(Traditional.)

This is a choo choo train

Puffing down the track (Children squat down and move arms in a circular motion with elbows bent)

Now its going forward, (Children move forward and continue to move arms in a circular motion)

Now it’s going back. (Children move backward and circle their arms in the opposite direction)

Now it’s bell is ringing.

Ding, ding, ding. (Children pull a make believe bell rope)

What a lot of noise it makes (Children cover their ears and make train noises)

Everywhere it goes. (Children move around the room at random)

Tren de alegría

(Tradicional. Translated by Paula Gonzales and Alexandra Corona.)

Este es un tren

Andando por la vía (Children squat down and move arms in a circular motion with elbows bent)

Ahora camina para frente (Children move forward and continue to move arms in a circular motion)

Ahora para atrás (Children move backward and circle their arms in the opposite direction)

El silbido sopla

Choo, choo, choo. (Children pull a make believe bell rope)

¡Ay! Hace mucho ruido (Children cover their ears and make train noises)

por donde camina. (Children move around the room at random)

Down by the Station Early in the Morning

(Traditional.)

Down by the station early in the morning,

See the little train cars all in a row.

Listen to the engineer pull the big whistle.

Toot-toot, toot-toot! Off we go!

Por la mañana muy tempranito

(Tradicional. Translated by Paula Gonzales and Alexandra Corona.)

Por la mañana muy tempranito

Veo a los vagones en una línea

Oiga el silbido fuerte.

¡Toot-toot, toot-toot! ¡Nos vamos!

Engine, Engine Number Nine

(Traditional. Hand motions created by Don Sanders and used with permission.)

Engine, engine number nine. (Slide palms back and forth)

Going down Chicago line.

If the train should jump the track,

Do you want your money back? (Stop sliding palms and hold one hand out and say “yeah”)

Tren, tren numero nueve

(Tradicional. Translated by Paula Gonzales and Alexandra Corona.)

Tren, tren numero nueve, (Slide palms back and forth)

Pasando por Chicago.

Sí el tren se descarrila,

¿Quieres un reembolso? (Stop sliding palms and hold one hand out and say “sí”)

Crafts

Color Train

Materials
  • Glue sticks
  • 8-½-inch X 11-inch white construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • 1-inch X 1-inch tissue paper squares, various colors
  • Brass fasteners
Directions

In advance, trace the train pattern provided in this program onto white construction paper and cut one out for each child. Cut out the circles for wheels from black construction paper and punch holes in the center of each circle. Cut small squares from various colors of tissue paper. Allow the children to glue square pieces onto the train for windows. Have an adult attach the wheels to the train with brass fasteners.

Puzzle Train

Materials
  • 8 ½-inch X 11-inch Blue card stock
  • Glue stick
  • 8 ½-inch X 11-inch white copy paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
Directions

In advance, copy the train puzzle pattern provided in this program onto white copy paper. Also in advance, trace the outline of the train onto the card stock. Provide crayons for the children to color the train puzzle pattern. After the children color the train puzzle pattern, an adult cuts along the lines. The children arrange the train puzzle pieces inside the outline of the train on card stock and glue the pieces in place.

Web Sites

Caillou Train Conductor

http://pbskids.org/caillou/games/train/index.html
Manipulate pieces of railroad track to help the train move into the station.

Professional Resources

First-School Preschool Activities and Crafts

www.first-school.ws
This educational web site includes a coloring sheet for a train with numbers that can be used as a handout or for train patterns.


Train Vocabulary

www.lingolex.com
Use this language learning web site to learn a few train words and phrases in Spanish.

Craft Materials

Train Nametags

Train nametags

Color Train Craft (AND)
Train in Motion Bulletin Board

Train

Puzzle Train Craft

Train



Texas Reading Club 2008 Programming Manual / Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008! / Texas Celebrates 50 Years of Reading


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011