All Aboard the Polar Express!
The Polar Express is a classic Christmas story that is beloved by parents, teachers, and students. Check out all our learning ideas to bring their book to life and to tie in so many learning skills in a fun way so your students won’t even know they are learning.
Start with the Book
Each year I read the Polar Express with my students. I strongly feel the book is perfection and your students will enjoy it. Yes, it is long but it is also beautiful in illustration and vocabulary. Many teachers recreate a Polar Express train experience and invite guest readers to come. We do this as well and it is amazing. We also give each child a paper ticket and a bell from the dollar store.
You can grab the book here and start this tradition in your classroom with learning fun.
Extending the book for Building Words
Reading and Matching Words
Reading Comprehension Fun
My students don’t see the class list we use and they don’t know that we add a check by their name for each question they answer correctly. We add an X by their name for every question they get wrong. What an easy and great way to keep track of reading comprehension without your students even noticing.
Connecting to Writing
Another trick I implement in my classroom is little books. They are easy to create with a school copier and they can create more for my students to read. Let’s face it, having enough books is a struggle for EVERY teacher.
But I don’t just give my readers books, this book asks them to write in it to finish the sentences. Now I am creating readers and writers.
My Favorite Part
I can not even hide that my favorite part is using the writing prompt asking if that student WOULD get on The Polar Express or WOULD NOT get on The Polar Express. What a great open ended question to see if they understood the book and how it connected with them. We use this art project from Stephanie Stewart.
Math Fun Too