We finished off our Polar Express week with talking about Santa. Students describe him using the Polar Express as an example as well as other Christmas related stories. Students were able to describe how he was kind, giving, jolly, and friendly. Then they wrote their Christmas lists and created their own Santa art.
To be like Santa students also began making Christmas ornament presents for their friends and family. They took clear ornaments and put two different colors of paint and swirled them around to make a marble effect.
Yesterday was our last day before the holiday break and it was very enjoyable! We started out by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Students partnered up and helped each other trace their hand prints and foot prints to make their own Rudolph construction paper cutouts.
Students also made Santa masks and retold the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by acting it out with reindeer cutouts and their masks.
Finally students finished wrapping their gifts to their parents (the ornaments) which they made at the beginning of the week. They also opened their presents given to them by Mr. Bowen. They got star reading sticks and books!
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 read the book “Christmas Kitten” and made prediction on if the kitten would find a home. Most of the students predicted that Santa would send the homeless kitten to the little girls house because they were able to use their prior knowledge of previewing the cover. Then we wrote our own letter’s to santa, like the little girl Sophie did in the book, and we wrote three things we wanted for Christmas. Finally we made a whole class hand cutout Christmas tree.