Thomas & Friends

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Thomas & Friends has sparked the imagination of young children for generations. The series is based on the much-loved books by Reverend W. Awdry. Thomas’ world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work, and a desire to be “really useful."

The learning goals of Thomas & Friends are related to social and emotional interactions, self-efficacy and problem solving. They include:

1) To exemplify the principle of treating others with kindness and respect.
2) To demonstrate the importance of listening carefully and following instructions.
3) To explore the impact of teamwork and cooperation.
4) To emphasize the power of persistence and to demonstrate how to cope with failure.
5) To help students understand responsibility and examine possible consequences to various actions.

Teachers can use these video segments and learning materials to foster social and emotional growth in Pre-K students.

  • Educational Framework

    This document outlines the educational framework of Thomas & Friends.

    Grades: PreK
  • Pump Your Pistons and Listen

    In this Thomas & Friends episode segment, the engines learn the importance of listening to their friends. The related activity features a game in which students practice their listening skills.

    Grades: PreK
  • Pump your Pistons and Listen Lesson Plan

    Being a good friend means listening to your friends. Use this Thomas & Friends lesson plan to guide your students in developing good listening and speaking skills so that they can build and maintain friendships.

     

    Grades: PreK
  • Truth Express Coming Through Lesson Plan

    Use this Thomas & Friends lesson plan to discuss the importance of honesty with children and provide a structured opportunity for role-play.

    Grades: PreK
  • Truth Express Coming Through

    In this Thomas & Friends episode segment, Thomas learns the importance of being honest and telling the truth. The related activity features a game designed to help students distinguish between the truth and a lie.

    Grades: PreK
  • All You Need

    In this Thomas & Friends music video, Thomas and his friends help each other. The related questions prompt students to engage in a discussion about ways in which friends help each other feel better when they are having a hard day.

    Grades: PreK
  • Working Together

    In this Thomas & Friends music video, Thomas and his friends work together to move slate on the mountain. The related discussion questions help students to understand the importance of teamwork.

    Grades: PreK
  • Useful Engine Wheel Activity

    Get right on track with a Thomas & Friends-inspired personal responsibility wheel that will turn your preschool train enthusiasts into “Really Useful Engines” who complete their chores. This activity provides a useful tool that you can use to assist your students in completing personal independence tasks that they may have trouble remembering on their own.

    Grades: PreK
  • Steam Team Design Game

    Thomas the Tank Engine knows the importance of being a Really Useful Engine. Thomas also knows that he cannot be Really Useful without Really Good Friends to help him along! Help your students practice teamwork and cooperation in the Steam Team Design Game in which kids design new engines together.

    Grades: PreK
  • Chug Your Engines Through Sodor

    Turn your classroom into your very own "Island of Sodor Adventure." Guide your aspiring engineers to create a map filled with main lines, branch lines, the Steamworks, docks, shed, and more.

    Grades: PreK
  • Ready, Set, Go!

    Brendam Docks sees lots of activity each day, with cargo coming to the island. Cranky the Crane oversees the deliveries onto the cargo cars. Your students can be Really Useful Engines in a fun delivery game--good for inside or out!

    Grades: PreK
  • Keep on Puffing Lesson Plan

    Perseverance means sticking with a task no matter how difficult. Preschool is the perfect opportunity for young children to begin to understand the importance of hard work and appreciate the feeling they have when they have accomplished a difficult task. Remember, friends can always help you when you need an extra push.

    Grades: PreK
  • Keep on Puffing

    Perseverance means sticking with a task no matter how difficult. Preschool is the perfect opportunity for young children to begin to understand the importance of hard work and appreciate the feeling they have when they have accomplished a difficult task. Remember, friends can always help you when you need an extra push.

    Grades: PreK
  • Determination

    In this resource from Thomas and Friends, your students will watch a video that examines the value of teamwork and determination.

    Grades: PreK
  • Wayward Winston

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, Winston goes out on his own adventure. While on the open rails, he learns why it's important to have a driver.

    Grades: PreK
  • The Thomas Way

    In this video, Thomas learns why it's important to be honest and work well as a team to solve problems. The related questions help spark discussion with your students. 

    Grades: PreK
  • Steamie Stafford

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, Stafford wants to be a steam engine--but soon learns the value of being himself. Use the Frame, Focus and Follow-up questions to help your students understand the video.

    Grades: PreK
  • Calm Your Engines

    While many preschoolers are reluctant to take a moment to rest, their bodies need time to relax to stay healthy and recharge for the next activity. Use this video and activity to help ease children into nap time, or it can be used as a method to help the entire class calm down after a lot of excitement.

    Grades: PreK
  • Calm Your Engines Lesson Plan

    Keeping a classroom full of preschool students calm can be a challenge, especially when students experience anxiety or extra excitement. Though many preschoolers are reluctant to take a moment to rest, their bodies need a little relaxation to stay healthy and recharge for the next activity. Use this lesson to help ease children into nap time, or it can be used as a method to help the entire class calm down after a lot of excitement.

    Grades: PreK

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