Polar Express - ProTeacher Community


teacherdani21's Avatar
teacherdani21 teacherdani21 is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 992

teacherdani21
Senior Member
 
teacherdani21's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 992
Polar Express
Old 11-25-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

I am thinking about doing a mini unit (3-4 days) on the Polar Express. Besides reading the book and watching the movie; does anybody have some fun activities to do? I haven't done much searching yet, but I wanted to get some ideas from my wonderful PT friends first! Thanks so much!


teacherdani21 is offline   Reply With Quote


MalibuBarbie's Avatar
MalibuBarbie MalibuBarbie is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,314

MalibuBarbie
Senior Member
 
MalibuBarbie's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,314
Climb aboard!
Old 11-25-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

All three first grades are going to get together in the library with our pjs, robes and slippers on!

Our media specialist is going to read the book--and we're going to be on the train. The teachers will pass our hot chocolate, mint nougat candies....

THEN...our fabulous media specialist is going to do a pj fashion show! He did it once before and it was a RIOT!!! He'll call kids up to walk down the aisle as he talks about what they're wearing. What a hoot!

Everyone will get a bell at the end. I can hardly wait!
MalibuBarbie is offline   Reply With Quote
MalibuBarbie's Avatar
MalibuBarbie MalibuBarbie is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,314

MalibuBarbie
Senior Member
 
MalibuBarbie's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,314
5 Senses
Old 11-25-2007, 10:17 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

Another idea is to incorporate the five senses. I have a train shaped booklet that I run off and the kids cut out. On each page the kids have written....

On the Polar Express I "saw".... I "smelled".... I "heard"... I "tasted".... I "felt"...

Mal
MalibuBarbie is offline   Reply With Quote
trtlegrl trtlegrl is offline
New Member
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 12

trtlegrl
New Member
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 12
Polar Express
Old 11-25-2007, 11:30 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #4

Our first grade classes do a mini unit on Polar Express and on the day we watch the movie, we all dress up in our pajamas and drink hot chocolate. We print up a train ticket and the kids all line up the chairs in a straight line like a train car. We sit in a line and drink our chocolate and pretend we are on the train. We also have a mailbox with snow on it and Polar Express written on it. We all sit next to it and take a picture. We also hide a bell in their desk or cubby and they find it during the day.

We have lots of fun.
trtlegrl is offline   Reply With Quote
smudgie smudgie is offline
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 76

smudgie
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 76

Old 11-25-2007, 03:16 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #5

We read the book in our classrooms and wear pjs or bathrobes. We hand out bells on a red ribbon and all the first grades parade through the school singing Christmas & Hannukah songs. For the Christmas party we make a Polar Express train by gluing 4 pepppermint candies onto a pack of lifesavers. A pack of gum is glued onto the top of the lifesavers. At the front on top of the gum is a starburst with a small Reese's cup glued on top and then a Hershey kiss on top of that to represent the smoke stack. They love this little keepsake. They put it in a bag to take home. Have fun. If you google Polar Express you will get the publisher's website w/ many activities and print outs.


smudgie is offline   Reply With Quote
URMySunshine's Avatar
URMySunshine URMySunshine is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,362

URMySunshine
Senior Member
 
URMySunshine's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,362
Great Link!
Old 11-25-2007, 05:19 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #6

I thought this link had some great printables and ideas:

http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/...arpartykit.pdf
URMySunshine is offline   Reply With Quote
teacherdani21's Avatar
teacherdani21 teacherdani21 is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 992

teacherdani21
Senior Member
 
teacherdani21's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 992

Old 11-26-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #7

Thanks so much! I knew I could count on all of you wonderful teachers!
teacherdani21 is offline   Reply With Quote
1stgradenew 1stgradenew is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 754

1stgradenew
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 754
Polar Express
Old 11-26-2007, 04:17 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #8

We spend a whole day on Polar Express. The kids decorate a large box that they sit in all day(they are in their own little train chair). They get a train ticket the day before and bring it in the morning when they are in the PJs. We wait til the bell rings and act all silly like train conducts as they walk in. We read the story, and drink hot chocolate like the other classes. We also illustrate the story as a class to make a class book. I will think a little more b/c we do a TON of stuff!
1stgradenew is offline   Reply With Quote
kmer2's Avatar
kmer2 kmer2 is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 389

kmer2
Full Member
 
kmer2's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 389
Chris VanAllsburg
Old 12-01-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #9

The author has tons of stuff on the website to do in connection with this book and movie. I also got some great stuff from a teacher friend that looks like a lit. connection you should be able to buy in a teacher store. I will try to remember to check the publisher and stuff and put it on here.
kmer2 is offline   Reply With Quote
schoolmama's Avatar
schoolmama schoolmama is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 177

schoolmama
Full Member
 
schoolmama's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 177
polar express unit
Old 12-02-2007, 05:43 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #10

I found a wealth of information with lesson plans, etc. at a scholastic website a few years ago.
schoolmama is offline   Reply With Quote

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

Reply

 

>
ARCHIVE
Thread Tools



Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:50 AM.


Copyright © 2014 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net