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The Polar Express Read Aloud and Lesson Plan Activities

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SUPER CHARGE your read aloud lesson plans with these print and teach activities!

These interactive reading lesson plans will guide you through your daily instruction in reading comprehension, responding to literature, sentence studies with mentor sentences, crafts and more!

These No Prep Print and Go Lesson Plans will save your teaching life! SERIOUSLY!!!


  • These book lessons are so easy to use.  Our scripted lessons take the guesswork out of your interactive read alouds planning!
  • Reading Comprehension skills are taught spirally all year.  This research-based approach helps make practice permanent and ensures students will revisit various reading comprehension skills in REAL WORLD literature.
  • Tier 2 Vocabulary is introduced and studied each week with lessons that stick!
  • Sentence study is incorporated into each read aloud.
  • A variety of comprehension assessments that include scoring rubrics, multiple choice, and true/false tests.
  • Common Core State Standards and TEKS standards aligned for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.



The teacher does the reading work while the students do the thinking work. These lessons are grounded in research. It is said that the person doing the most talking is the person who is doing the most learning. SO these lessons scaffold instruction to get students talking. Side-by-side, students learn comprehension strategies such as Predicting, Visualizing, Retelling, Text Details, Connecting, Inferring, Character Analysis, Opinion Writing and so much more. You won’t believe how quickly students fall in love with your read-aloud time.


Brain research reveals that reading comprehension starts with listening comprehension.  Since kindergarten, first grade students, and second grade students have listening skills that far surpass their ability to decode words, it is imperative that they participate in daily deep conversations surrounding books that allow them to strengthen their thinking! Don’t wait! Start building pathways to deeper thinking today!


These units can be used on their own or as a supplement to your current reading curriculum. They are simply the easiest and most enjoyable way to drive up student engagement. Join the thousands of teachers who have transformed their ELA block.



  • 5 Day Interactive read aloud discussion lesson plans
  • Reading comprehension strategies to help all students deepen their connections and engagement to books.  A variety of response page options are available so you can select the one that works best for your students.
  • Full color pictorial retelling cards that can be printed or used as a PowerPoint pictorial retelling file for your whiteboard.  This sets students up for success! The pictures support students as they strengthen their oral language.
  • Interactive writing to support your students where they are.
  • Anchor chart ideas for comprehension strategies for each book
  • Sentence study and activities for each day of the week.
  • craft for each book.
  • Rubrics for each response activity
  • True/False comprehension assessment
  • Multiple choice comprehension assessment
  • Common Core Standards and TEKS standards checklist
  • Additionally, reading and phonics assessments have been added to ESGI which you can access for FREE with your ESGI subscription.
  • You can get 2 months of ESGI for FREE by clicking and using code PD825.



  • The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsb


NOTE: This isn’t a packet of worksheets. These Engaging Readers read aloud lessons and activities actually guide you through the process of using quality read-aloud books to teach the standards for reading comprehension.


This interactive read aloud unit will save you hours of work because EVERYTHING is all planned out with easy to follow lesson plans.  Just add the book!


Just PRINT and TEACH! Each week focuses on one book and takes you through a variety of lessons to get your kids reading like never before.



Q:  Are these research based lessons?

A:  Yes!   We have extensively researched the best practices surrounding reading instruction.  You will find the resources that guided our thinking in the preview.


Q:  Will these work with my current reading program?

A:  Absolutely! Use the components that work best for your students.



Kayla C. says, “I cannot wait to start this out from the BEGINNING of the year… my students made so much growth just using it towards the end of the year, so I’m excited to see how it goes. I love the review task card activities you have included (super fun & engaging!), as well as the additional practice to go with the word work. AMAZING!”

Nancy H. says, “My students love using the resources from this packet. I have purchased several months. They are engaging and meaningful. I already use and love many of the stories and this provides engaging comprehension activities. I like the scaffolding she provides in the activities. I begin with the individual handouts and move pretty quickly with the interactive cut and paste slips.”

Kathleen L. says, “I have purchased every unit created and will continue to do so until I have them all. I love the completeness of each lesson. My District uses the DRA for benchmark testing and these units have been vital to the success of my students. All aspects of literacy are carefully woven throughout each lesson — and I can modify if needed. In short, no matter how I choose to use these units my lessons are always complete. I am so grateful to you for the countless hours spent on creating such quality. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”



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