This last week Friday we finished off our Polar Express week with our very special Polar Express day!! At the beginning of this week I decorated the front of our classroom door and on Friday before school I decorated the tables in the room to look like the Polar Express. The class got to also come to school wearing pajamas like the children in the book got to wear.
Students were given golden tickets to the Polar Express as they went off to lunch. When they came back from lunch they gave me their golden tickets and I punched holes in them like the conductor did in the movie. We then reread the book the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and discussed the elements of the story and drew the pictures of the things we discussed.
Finally students got to sit in our “train area” like they would sit on the train and watch the movie. Students got to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while they watched the movie.
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.