Toy~Train Counting Game 1.Make 12 large rectangle shaped train cars. To make each car fold a large piece of black construction paper in half. Stape or glue up the sides leaving the top open.
Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; and for personal fulfillment. Directions Allow time to discuss the illustrations, calling attention to the perspective of where the viewpoint is. The students write and illustrate their wish for the first gift of Christmas. Discuss and list the word choices that Chris Van Allsburg used to make the story more interesting.
One Christmas Eve many years ago, a boy lies in bed, listening hard for the bells of Santa’s sleigh, which he has been told by a friend do not exist. Later that night he hears not bells but a very different sound. He looks out of his window and is astounded to see a steam engine parked in front of his house. The conductor invites him to board the Polar Express, a train filled with children on their way to the North Pole.
There are 3 second grade teachers in our wing, and we would like to transform our hallway into the "Polar Express" for a day. We are envisioning having the kids visit our rooms as station stops, and have some parent volunteers to help out. The kids will have tickets that get stamped for each activity. In one room, the kids will listen to the story. In another room, they will make an ornament. We will have a computer station for the kids to explore the north pole web site, and we are looking for more ideas.
The Polar Express is a wonderful Christmas book and movie that my family loves. We love it so much, in fact, that we are declaring my birthday, December 20th, The Polar Express Day. The Polar Express Day is going to be a day of celebration of the spirit of Christmas and a day of appreciation for the story and movie The Polar Express . Below you will find ideas on how to celebrate The Polar Express Day at home or school.
Polar Train, Polar Train by Lanise Jacoby adapted from Marci McGowan's A Winter Train Ride The following is based upon The Polar Express and inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear . My version is an adaptation of Marci McGowan's A Winter Train Ride .
~ Polar Express Activity and Games Page ~ **Polar Express Activity Favorites** Polar Bowling - Prepare bowling pins by spray painting 10 two liter soda bottles white.
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburgh If you do not have the book you and your child can listen to the book read by Lou Diamond Phillips. At http://storylineonline.net/ (Just click on the left under more stories and look for Polar Express) On Christmas Eve a boy is taken on a mysterious train to the North Pole. The trip to the pole is a glorious experience through dark forests and high mountains.
When I taught kindergarten, we always ended our time together before Christmas break with a big Polar Express celebration. We all came to school in our pajamas, watched the movie, and enjoyed a day full of surprises. (I would always set up the room to look like a train, and each child received a bell on their way home!) I LOVED it, and just thinking about it makes me genuinely yearn for the classroom. Until the time comes when it is right for me to go back, I decided that I can do many of the same activities with my own children (yay!)
I handed these tickets (or boarding passes) to the children as they entered the classroom. Before they boarded the train, I blew a train whistle and called, "All Aboard". I used a Christmas tree hole punch at the bottom of the ticket as I collected them and they boarded our train. (I returned the tickets to them at the end of the day to keep as a souvenir.) Thanks to Colleen for allowing us to download the tickets from her site:
A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
There is a literature themed book for Polar Express by Teacher Created Materials. It has really good ideas on how to incorporate the book. Other ideas: Last year, I copied a train engine pattern and had students write the title and author on it. We divided a piece of brown construction paper into four pieces to be train cars and glued on black wheels. Connect to become the train. We labeled the cars Characters, Setting, What was the problem, and How was it solved.
Sing the train wheels on the track. We started out our train unit with the Polar Express in December. After the Christmas Holidays, we continued it with Freight Train by Donald Crews.
Literacy: Polar Express Word Search Polar Express Crossword After watching the movie, compare and contrast the book to the movie using a Venn Diagram.
Polar Express -- the book and the movie -- are student favorites. During this holiday season, take advantage of this "teachable moment" by connecting the book and movie to your curriculum. Included: Education World connects you to lessons, resources. One of the most beloved children's books of all time, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, is now a popular movie too. Wise teachers everywhere are looking for ways to capitalize on interest in the story as children and families revisit this timeless classic during the holiday season.