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Engaging Polar Express Activities (Free File) for Kindergarten & First Grade

Polar Express Activities with a free file for kindergarten and first grade. Reading comprehension, train craft, printables, worksheets, and writing activities are perfect for Christmas week.

Polar Express Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade!

It’s the holiday season, so let’s head to the North Pole for some Polar Express Activities! These fun lesson plans are perfect for the final week before winter break. We don’t just have a Polar Express Day, we have a Polar Express WEEK!

Polar Express Classroom Activities for kindergarten

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Before there was The Polar Express movie, this magical story was a popular book. REALLY! If you are not familiar with the story, here is a quick book summary:

The main character is a young boy who wakes up on Christmas Eve night by the sound of a train. There is a magical train that takes a few toward the North Pole. Once they arrive at the North Pole, the boy and other children see thousands of elves gathered at the town center. They are all waiting to send Santa’s sleigh on his way. But first, Santa Claus selects the boy to receive the first gift of Christmas. The boy selects a bell from Santa’s reindeer harnesses.

 

The little boy loses the silver bell through a hole in his pocket, only to discover it wrapped under the tree for him the next morning.

My favorite part of the story is: At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

Polar Express Close Reading Activities

Polar Express Close Reading Activities

Just like our other Reading Comprehension/Close Reading plans, this wonderful book has all been planned out for you! It is packed with fun ideas and reading comprehension activities!

We have added questions to help guide your students toward deep comprehension. So grab some hot cocoa and sip from the spirit of Christmas!

One activity that we practice all year is retelling the text with details. So we are sure to include a set of sequencing cards of the Polar Express in our lessons. This is a great opportunity for younger children to strengthen their oral language. Once the story is in order, students turn to their partners and practice tell the story in sequential order. The retell cards are the easiest way to support the students. If they forget what comes next, they can just look at the pocket chart.

Students then complete this cute train 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!

We love how The Polar Express Train Craft came out.

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 fun activities like math glyphs. They are a great way to explore data and also sneak a little pajama 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 is a version of the holiday classic that 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!

Here are a few great ideas for you to 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.

Engaging Polar Express Activities (Free File) for Kindergarten & First Grade 4

Make Some Snow!

Are you looking for some hands-on activities Here are a few different recipes for making play snow that I found. This is a fun way to include some sensory play!

Engaging Polar Express Activities (Free File) for Kindergarten & First Grade 5

Polar Express Classroom Activities – Print and Teach

I hope I have given you a few ideas 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 in The Polar Express Pack.

Detailed lesson plans for each day.

Polar Express Crafts

Polar Express retelling images (both color and student copy) along with a mentor sentence. We added the train craft to an additional piece of construction paper. The students added the mentor sentence to the craft. Mentor sentences are a perfect way for students to examine various grammar skills (such as verbs) and the mechanics of complete sentences. We do this each week.

Pajama glyph directions and recording sheet

Students first conduct a survey.  

Questions for the survey are:

  1. Which candy do you like best?  candy cane or gum drops
  2. Which Christmas carol do you like best?  Santa Clause is Coming to Town or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  3. Have you ever been on a train ride? yes or no

Then they use that data to complete the graph (which turns into a glyph.)  

Polar Express Worksheets and Centers 

We have included a few literacy activities and math activities in these polar express printable files.

Engaging Polar Express Activities (Free File) for Kindergarten & First Grade 6
sorting words by the parts of speech and The Polar Express wordsearch
Polar Express Classroom 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!
Sorting math equations by their sum
Polar Express Classroom 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 Measurement Activity
Polar Express Classroom 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!
Phonics based Polar Express activity

Polar Express Math Journal Prompts

Polar Express Classroom Activities

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

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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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