Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mystery Train Island

This guide to Poptropica's Mystery Train Island will introduce your students to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, a wide variety of notable train "passengers" (including Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, and many others), mystery-solving, and more!

Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity.

Teaching Strategies:
1 |
2 |
3 |
4 |
5 |
6 |
Updated on: June 21, 2013
Page 2 of 3
Poptropica Teaching Guide

Mystery Train Island

Worksheets Print or Projects

Print the following worksheets to assign as homework, or project them on your interactive whiteboard to complete with your class.


  • Imagine and Invent
    When our hero first approaches the character of Nikola Tesla—inventor, engineer, and physicist—on the train, he says, "Nothing is unbelievable if you can imagine it. That is the essence of science." He seems to be saying that everything that can be imagined can be achieved—and should!

    Ask students to think about a problem, question, or design idea they have; then, brainstorm ways to solve or create it. Use one or more of the following lesson plans and worksheets to encourage students to create the next great invention:

    • Invent It! Illustrate It! Share It!
      Grades 3-5

      Get PDF

    • My Invention Book: Activity Packet
      Grades 3-5

      Get PDF

    • Instant Expert: Inventions
      Grades 4-6

      Get PDF

    • Inventing the Hovercraft
      Grades 5-8

      Get PDF


  • It's Magic!
    Our hero on Poptropica's Mystery Train Island eventually discovers that passenger Eric Weisz is actually Harry Houdini, the famous magician. Research the fascinating life of Harry Houdini, then talk about him with your class. To get in on the magical fun, read and discuss some magic-themed books or complete these art and writing activities.
    • Six Magical Activities for The Magician's Elephant
      Grades 3-8

      Get PDF

    • The Magician's Elephant Teachers' Guide
      Grades 3-8

      Get PDF

    • Fantasy Reading Guide for Wolf Brother, Magyk and The Wizard Test
      Grades 5-8

      Get PDF

    • Magical Wands
      Grades Pre-K–1

      Get PDF

    • Abracadabra
      Grades 4-6

      Get PDF

Your Free Gift

Take Back Your Evenings: Top 5 Strategies for Work/Life Balance

It can be difficult to have a life outside of school when you let the demands of teaching take over every moment of your day. This workbook includes the top 5 strategies to help you take back your evenings while still being a great teacher.

Start a free trial today to get your work/life balance strategies workbook absolutely free (a $19.99 value)!


take your evenings back workbook


Special Offer: Get 50% off unlimited, ad-free access

Use special offer code 2020 at checkout to get half off a premium membership of full access and unlimited downloads.

Get Started

Select from a monthly, annual, or 2-year membership plan. All plans include a 7-day trial. Cancel anytime.
Learn more about Premium