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.

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Updated on: June 21, 2013
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Poptropica Teaching Guide

Mystery Train Island


Related Resources

After learning about the famous figures on Poptropica's Mystery Train Island, students may want to know even more! Discover the life and work of President Grover Cleveland and other U.S. presidents, enjoy more classroom "magic," and talk about the mystery story as a genre.

Common Core Alignment

Using the Common Core State Standards in your classroom? This Poptropica teaching guide aligns to several standards.
  • 1. All Aboard:
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.2
    Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.

  • 2. My Kind of Town:
    CSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7
    Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7
    Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8
    Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

  • 3. Notable Passengers: Thomas Edison:
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3
    Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

  • 4. Notable Passengers: Susan B. Anthony:
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.1
    Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

  • 6. Special Report:
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2
    Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.8
    Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2.B
    Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
    PDF:
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.2
    Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.4
    Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.4
    Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • 7. Architect of Inspiration:
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSG.MG.A.3
    Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost; working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).*

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