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Salty All at Sea

Salty loves to tell scary stories and tall tales of sea monsters, which sometimes frighten the other engines. When Sir Topham Hatt lends Salty to a port on the mainland, Salty allows his imagination to get the best of him. He runs away, fearful of traveling by ship. With the help of Thomas, he faces his fear and completes the job.

Learning Goals: conquering fears, being a good friend, helping others, following directions

 

Den and Dart

Den and Dart are best friends and teammates who are rarely separated. When Den is sent to the quarry as a replacement engine, he worries about taking on the new job without Dart. Dart has similar fears, but the dynamic duo manages to cope with the help of their new friends.

Learning Goals: making new friends, accepting help, helping others, being a good friend

Diesel’s Ghostly Christmas (double episode, Christmas)

Diesel is not a very helpful engine and Thomas is determined to show him the errors of his ways. Diesel is visited by ‘ghostly engines’ who remind him of his past mistakes and show him the importance of helping others. When Diesel derails and fears the worst, he finally acknowledges the ghosts’ Christmas message.

Learning Goals: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, making meaningful contributions, being aware of others’ feelings

Helping Hiro

When Thomas accidentally spills his cargo on the tracks, Hiro derails. Hiro requires repair at Steamworks and Thomas ventures into the woods in attempt to find spare parts to expedite Hiro’s recovery. He soon finds himself alone in the woods, immobile due to the old, broken tracks. With Rocky, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt to the rescue, Thomas is brought back to Steamworks, where he is surprised to see Hiro already fixed!

Learning Goals: being a good friend, helping others, expressing sympathy and concern for others, resourceful thinking

 

The Beast of Sodor

Spencer is stranded on Sodor because of the snowy weather and delights in telling the other engines about meeting the abominable snowman. Henry is frightened by the story and Spencer continues to play on his fear. However, when they encounter a man covered in snow, it’s Spencer who is most afraid! Thankfully, the seemingly abominable snowman turns out to be Sir Topham Hatt.

Learning Goals: conquering fears, being a good friend, helping others, expressing sympathy and concern for others, demonstrating bravery

Lost Property

Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel plan to impress the railway inspectors who are coming to the Island of Sodor. However, a string of problems and disruptions occur—and a grumpy inspector only makes matters worse! Thomas finally impresses the inspector when he returns the gold watch that the grouchy man accidentally left on Annie’s seat.

Learning Goals: applying one’s best efforts, helping others, demonstrating responsibility, being kind and polite

 

Henry Spots Trouble

When Henry hears that Sir Topham Hatt’s grandchildren have the chickenpox, he worries that the engines will get sick, too. His fear intensifies when he catches sight of Thomas, splattered with mud and carrying a wagon of chickens. Afterward, it appears that every engine he meets is splattered with spots. Henry finally learns that engines can’t catch chickenpox.

Learning Goals: recognizing others’ emotions, expressing sympathy and concern for others, conquering fears

Toad and the Whale

Toad, Oliver’s brake van, spots a stranded whale on the beach. The Search and Rescue Team arrives at the scene and Oliver and Toad try to assist them. When efforts to drag the whale back into the water are unsuccessful, the engines transport the sea creature on a flatbed to Brendam Docks, where the whale is released into the water.

Learning Goals: resourceful thinking, helping others, cooperation, teamwork, expressing sympathy and concern for others

 

Very Important Sheep

Percy damages the back of his wagon in a rush to collect sheep for an agricultural fair. Without realizing there’s a hole in the wagon, Percy continues his task and, one by one, the animals escape. Thomas discovers the sheep on the tracks, picks them up, and they ride to the fair with Annie and Clarabel.

Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, helping others, accepting help, taking responsibility, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking

Who’s Geoffrey?

When Thomas has a small, silly accident at Brendam Docks, he invents Geoffrey, an imaginary engine on whom he blames the incident. When Thomas describes Geoffrey to friends, Sir Topham Hatt wants to meet the new engine. Thomas realizes that his story may have gotten a little out of hand and caused more trouble than by just telling the truth.

Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, telling the truth, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, apologizing

 

The Truth About Toby

Toby is tired of Henrietta reminding him to take care of himself and refuses to fill up with coal when she reminds him to do so. But when he takes the trucks to the junkyard, he runs out of coal. When Toby is spotted parked among the scraps, a rumor spreads that he’s being scrapped

Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, taking responsibility, expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend

Cranky Christmas

Sir Topham Hatt sends Thomas to the docks to collect a very important Christmas parcel. When unloading the ship, Cranky drops the parcel and fears that he broke the contents within. He hides the parcel, but it’s eventually found and Thomas sets off to deliver it. When Thomas slips on the icy tracks and the crate falls off his flatbed, he thinks that he broke the contents of the parcel as well. Sir Topham Hatt reveals the contents of the parcel; materials for the community’s ice skating rink—unbroken!

Learning Goals: being helpful, expressing thanks, taking responsibility for actions, being kind and polite, apologizing

 

Snow Place Like Home

The snow is causing all sorts of trouble for the engines. At the Steamworks, Emily is out of commission while waiting for her new pistons, which are stuck at the Depot. Kevin is trapped outside and Victor ventures out to rescue Kevin, who he thinks is headed towards the Depot. Luckily, Thomas finds Kevin and Victor before any other engines get stuck in the snow.

Learning Goals: being a good friend, helping others, expressing sympathy and concern for others, applying one’s best efforts, resourceful thinking

Emily Saves the World

Emily is thrilled to finally be transporting an exciting load—a huge globe! When she attempts to show it off, it’s knocked off her flatbed. The globe rolls haphazardly, but she manages to regain control of it just in time.

Learning Goals: expressing thanks, apologizing, helping others

 

Samson at Your Service

Samson doesn’t like to admit his mistakes. Even when other engines try to help him, he fails to listen. Against the others’ advice, Samson takes Gordon’s express coaches to the quarry instead of the trucks used for carrying stone.

Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, taking responsibility, apologizing

Marion and the Dinosaurs

Marion wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a long line of dinosaurs gliding past in the moonlight. Thinking it was a dream, she tells Thomas. The dinosaurs return and chase Marion to the castle where she discovers that they’re model dinosaurs for the Earl’s new Dinosaur Park!

Learning Goals: conquering fears, expressing sympathy and concern for others

 

Millie and the Volcano

Harvey and Samson are arranging the dinosaur models for the Earl’s new Dinosaur Park. When one of the dinosaurs swings towards Millie, she becomes frightened and Samson and Harvey laugh at her. In return, Millie seeks the last laugh and plans for the groundsman to set his bonfire behind the model volcano, making them both think it’s erupting!

Learning Goals: conquering fears, developing confidence, resourceful thinking

Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks

Bill and Ben decide to play a joke on Timothy, telling him to search for a truck that is blue, red, yellow, and brown, which they believe does not exist. When Timothy finds junkyard trucks that match the description, Bill and Ben’s prank is foiled!

Learning Goals: flexible thinking, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, apologizing

 

Samson Sent For Scrap

When Scruff breaks down, Samson is given the job of collecting the trackside scrap. Taking his job a little too seriously, Samson collects more than he should—including Sir Topham Hatt’s car! Before it gets crunched by Reg’s claw, Sir Topham Hatt races off to save it.

Learning Goals: taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one’s actions, applying one’s best efforts, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking


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