Polar Express for Young Learners

Ideas, Activities and More

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Teacher Materials (Lesson Plans and Ideas)

 

Teacher Lesson or Activity Idea Collections

Simple Ideas for Polar Express

http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1919.html

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson344.shtml

http://library.uncc.edu/files/5/cimc/pdfs/units/polarexpress.pdf

http://www.pampetty.com/polarexpress.htm

 

Teacher Themed Units on Polar Express (great ideas here)

http://www.teachingheart.net/polar.html

http://www.geocities.com/ljacoby_2000/polarex.html

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/polarexpress.html

 

One Teacher’s Kindergarten Ideas for Polar Express

http://www.kinderthemes.com/thepolarexpress.html

 

A Class Ride On the Polar Express told in Pictures (good ideas here)

http://www.mrsburns.com/polar001.htm

 

Third Grade Lesson on Expository Writing

http://ali.apple.com/ali_sites/deli/exhibits/1000432/The_Lesson.html

 

Lesson plans from the publisher

http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/thepolarexpress/tg/polar.shtml

 

About Chris Van Allsburg video interview and more:

http://www.readingrockets.com/books/authorbio.php?ID=64

http://falcon.jmu.edu/%7Eramseyil/allsburg.htm

 

Polar Express Party Recipes

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/images/polarexpressimage8.pdf

 

Things for Students to Do

 

Story Strips to Sequence (put on sentence strips and mix up, or on train cars to order…)

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/Polar%20Express%20story%20sequencing%20strips.pdf

 

Story Books for Students to Color (Winter Train Ride – Like Brown Bear, Brown Bear)

http://www.mrsmcgowan.com/winter/A%20Winter%20Train%20Ride.pdf

 

Math Word Problems based on Polar Express

http://www.mathstories.com/Christmas/Xmas_sheet_3_Polar_Express.htm

 

Coloring Sheets, Reading Logs, Pajama Party and More

http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/thepolarexpress/fungames.shtml

 

Collection from The Movie – includes picture frames and cards to make

http://www.classbrain.com/artmovies/uploads/arts_and_crafts.pdf

 

Jingle Bell Writing Stationery to Print

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/bell%20for%20stationary.pdf

 

Polar Express Word Searches to Print and Do

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/images/polarexpressimage6.pdf

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/Easy%20Polar%20Express%20Word%20Search.pdf (easier one)

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/Polar%20Express%20word%20search.pdf

 

The Movie Website – Interactivities Including Build a Snowman and more (this IS a commercial, but some nice stuff here)

http://polarexpressmovie.warnerbros.com/#

 

Polar Express Crossword Puzzle

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/images/polarexpressimage5.pdf

 

Webquest about the Author

http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/edis771/98webquests/student/speggycarlson/Van_Allsburg.htm

 

Webquest about Polar Express

http://www.webster.edu/~rbrowne/Polar_Express/

 

More:

 

Polar Express Read by Lou Diamond Phillips

http://www.bookpals.net/storyline/

 

PowerPoint Example of Student Response to Polar Express

http://www.cobbk12.org/sites/literacy/fetc/ppt/Polar_short.ppt

 

Audio Student Reviews of the book, Polar Express

http://www.hbook.com/exhibit/polarradio.html

 

Polar Express Tickets

http://www.marcias-lesson-links.com/polar%20express%20ticket.pdf

http://www.teachingheart.net/roundtrippolarexpressticket2.doc (Word file)

 

 

Fonts

Free Font: Toy Train

http://www.fryfonts.com/free-font/31

 

Free Winter/Christmas Fonts (some seem appropriate)

http://www.xmasfonts.com/

 

Clip Art and Images

Images from the Book

http://www.amazon.com and search for “Polar Express” and then choose to “Look Inside the Book” you can see many of the illustrations – and use them with your students.

Game

Fun online Game (not really educational, but fun and problem solving MAYBE)

http://www.smashingideas.com/work/project.php?content=polarexpress.xml

 

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