Engaging Polar Express Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade

Polar Express Activities for kindergarten and first grade. Students will retell the story, make connections, complete a craft, plus math and literacy center activities. Worksheets to make this fun Christmas resource easy to prep with tons of learning!

Polar Express Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade!

These fun lesson plans are perfect for the final week before Christmas.

Polar Express Classroom Activities for kindergarten

Polar Express Close Reading Activities

Just like our other Reading Comprehension/Close Reading plans, this Polar Express version is PACKED with reading comprehension activities!

We have added questions to help guide your students towards deep comprehension.

One activity that we practice all year is retelling the text with details.  So we are sure to include a retelling of the Polar Express in our lessons.

Students then complete this cute craft that will hold their retelling activity.  There is also a grammar and sentence study where students identify the noun and verb within the sentence.  Easy! Fun! Purposeful!  DONE!

If you want to know how to make these snowmen, you can find them in this blog post:

Polar Express Activity – Math Glyph

We love math glyphs.  They are a great way to explore data and also sneak a little craft in as well!

Watch the Polar Express!

I know most of the students are now familiar with the Tom Hanks version, but the original book is SO GOOD!

This version is read by Liam Neeson! 

You could compare and contrast the book version with the movie version.

Other Polar Express Activity Ideas

Hot Chocolate Bar

I can’t help but crave hot chocolate whenever I think about The Polar Express.  As long as allergies permit it, why not have a hot chocolate bar!

You can add:

  • marshmallows
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate chips
  • sprinkles (because everything is better with sprinkles)
  • peppermint chips

If you can’t have a hot chocolate bar, you could make hot chocolate playdough.

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Make Some Snow!

Here are a few different recipes for making play snow that I found.

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Polar Express Classroom Activities – Print and Teach

I hope I have given you a few ideas that you can use in your classroom.   Perhaps you are busy during this time of year (understatement!) and would like to have some print and teach lesson plans.  We have that for you.  Here is what you will get!

Detailed lesson plans for each day.

Polar Express Crafts

Polar Express retelling images (both color and student copy) along with a mentor sentence.

Pajama glyph directions and recording sheet.

Polar Express Centers and Worksheets

Polar Express Math Journal Prompts

Polar Express Classroom Activities

You can find these resources in our Engaging Readers Read Aloud Resource!

Polar Express Activities for kindergarten and first grade. Students will retell the story, make connections, complete a craft, plus math and literacy center activities. Worksheets to make this fun Christmas resource easy to prep with tons of learning!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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  1. Hi, I went to Teachers Pay Teachers and couldn’t find your Polar Express unit. Can you send me the link?

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