This week is Polar Express week! We started the week with reading the book Polar Express by Christ Van Allsburg. After we read the story we retold the story with sequence cards by putting the cards in the correct order. Then students completed a cut and paste activity to retell the sequence of their story. Polar Express retell came from Simply Kinder.
We continued our week, comparing and contrasting Christmas stories to The Polar Express. Students wrote about what they would say to Santa if they were ever to meet him, like in The Polar Express. They also made Santa cut outs.
On Friday we watched The Polar Express movie. Students were given “tickets” to watch the Polar Express and they were “hole punched” just like in the movie. They sat in 2X2 columns just like on a train and enjoyed hot chocolate.
We continued our Polar Express unit and yesterday we read the story Night Tree and we talked about how both of the story were different and the same. The biggest thing we noticed were that in both stories, the characters had hot chocolate.
We then brainstormed describing words about hot chocolate using our senses. We took those words and wrote them on mugs and decorated those mugs with cotton ball “marshmallows”.
This week marks my favorite week, The Polar Express week! On Monday we read the story and students retold the story by putting pictures in the right order. They also shared with the class what happened on their part of the story. Finally they retold the story in correct sequence order by doing a cut and paste activity.
Today students wrote about what they would choose as the first gift of Christmas (A silver bell, pony, and genie bottle). At the end of the day students created a train glyph, answering questions about trains.
We read The Polar Express and talked about what the author is trying to tell us the problem is in the story even though it is not explicitly stated in the book. Then we retold the story using pictures and the words to complete a sequence.
After we read and retold the story we wrote about what would have been our pick as the first gift of Christmas. To end our Polar Express fun we watched the Polar Express movie while sitting like a train and drinking hot chocolate. We also discussed the similarities and differences between the book and the movie.