The polar express

Before this lesson, it is important to organize your students into "talk partnerships" and to ask them to sit next to these partners when they come to the reading area.

The vivid visual world of The Polar Express is evoked by the text as well as by the pictures. It can fit well within either a personal narrative study or a fiction study. Be sure to make your reservations early as these trains are expected to sell out quickly.

For example, "the hot cocoa was sweet and good" or "the train went up and down the hills. Your eTickets will be emailed to you. He looks out his window and is astounded to see a steam engine parked in front of his house. The train is "wrapped in an apron of steam," and the children drink hot cocoa "as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars.


As your students write independently, confer with them about their work. The next time you stop, ask them to turn and talk to their partners, retelling what has happened so far. It is also helpful if your students are familiar with the concept of a timeline.

For example, "the hot cocoa was sweet and good" or "the train went up and down the hills. Use your timelines to discuss how the characters change as the plot moves forward. After your students have worked independently, bring the class back together.

Tell your students that one thing that helps readers make sense of the stories they read is to stop and retell what has happened so far, including only the important parts in their retelling.

Tell your students to pay attention as you read aloud some excerpts from the book where Van Allsburg is comparing one thing to another, because you will be asking them to tell you about those parts later.

Why do you think he chooses a simple bell. How does it feel to keep firm when other people tell you you are wrong. How do you get there. Share the work of a student or several students who tried out the idea of using comparisons in their descriptions. Heartbroken, he is returned to his home.

It can be helpful to examine his descriptions of the setting which changes as the train makes its way to the North Poleas it can be useful in the context of both reading and writing. Tickets are non-refundable 48 hours after booking. You may want to invite your students to write about their special objects and why those objects are important to them.

When the children return to the train, the boy realizes the bell has fallen through a hole in his pocket. Think of a time in your own life that you have experienced this situation.

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You will also find two sample lessons: Tell the students you will be showing them what you mean and inviting them to try this in their own writing. Ask the students to look at the chart you have started: Describe how this object changes your life.

Spend more time scaffolding their understanding.

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Weather We encourage guests to plan ahead and stay apprised of the latest weather developments. It is important to give students a chance to experience the story as an unbroken whole and then to discuss it as a class before isolating one element as a teaching tool.

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Guiding Questions for a Polar Express Book Conversation The boy's friend told him that Santa doesn't exist, but the boy continues to believe. For example, the reindeer "pranced and paced, ringing the silver bells that hung from their harnesses. Even kindergarteners can successfully retell a story they have heard.

Below each lesson are ideas for adapting the lessons for use with older or younger children, and some suggestions for expanding the lessons. How to Purchase You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at Encourage them to try using a comparison or two in their own writing that day.

Tell them that one way authors bring stories to life is to focus on the way they describe places. Think of someone you love very much.


Describe how this object changes your life. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Lanyard – Polyester color printed front and back with dog hook and plastic break-away mechanism.

Pouch size: ” x ” with printed 6” x ” paper golden ticket in pouch. Entire length with pouch is 22”. $ each. The Polar Express ISBN: • $ Caldecott Medal Winner 12 million copies sold worldwide A New York Times Best Illustrated Book A New York Times Bestseller.

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