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 learning resource, students learn that they can help their friends by listening.

    Grades: PreK
  • Pump your Pistons and Listen Lesson Plan

    Use this Thomas & Friends lesson plan to help your students improve their listening and speaking skills. 

    Grades: PreK
  • Truth Express Coming Through Lesson Plan

    Use this Thomas & Friends lesson plan to discuss the importance of honesty with children.

    Grades: PreK
  • Truth Express Coming Through

    In this Thomas & Friends learning resource, students learn the importance of telling the truth and always being honest.

    Grades: PreK
  • All You Need

    In this Thomas & Friends learning resource, students discuss how friends help each other feel better.

    Grades: PreK
  • Working Together

    In this Thomas & Friends learning resource, students discuss the importance of teamwork.

    Grades: PreK
  • Useful Engine Wheel Activity

    In this Thomas & Friends learning resource, students learn to be "Really Useful Engines" through developing personal responsibility and completing classroom chores.

    Grades: PreK
  • Steam Team Design Game

    In this learning resource from Thomas & Friends, students learn to be "Really Useful Engines" through teamwork and cooperation.

    Grades: PreK
  • Chug Your Engines Through Sodor

    In this learning resource from Thomas & Friends, help your students learn to be egineers through with this map activity.

    Grades: PreK
  • Ready, Set, Go!

    This learning resource from Thomas & Friends features a game that will have your class working together as a team to deliver a box of cargo from one side to the other.

    Grades: PreK
  • Keep on Puffing Lesson Plan

    In this lesson from Thomas & Friends, your students will learn the value of hard work, sportsmanship and collaboration.

    Grades: PreK
  • Keep on Puffing

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, your students will learn the importance of hard work and perserverance.

    Grades: PreK
  • Determination

    This video from Thomas and Friends highlights the importance of hard work.  

    Grades: PreK
  • Wayward Winston

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, Winston learns an important lesson about teamwork.

    Grades: PreK
  • The Thomas Way

    This video from Thomas & Friends examines the importance of honesty, teamwork, cooperation and "The Thomas Way!"

    Grades: PreK
  • Steamie Stafford

    In this video from Thomas & Friends, Stafford, an electric engine, is sad when he feels that he is not a "proper engine" because he does not make the same sounds as his steam engine friends.

    Grades: PreK
  • Calm Your Engines

    This Thomas & Friends video segment will help your students calm down after a lot of movement.

    Grades: PreK
  • Calm Your Engines Lesson Plan

    This Thomas & Friends lesson plan will help your students transition into nap time, or help the entire class calm down after a lot of excitement.

    Grades: PreK

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