This is a 19 page literature unit for the classic book "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg. The unit includes reading comprehension questions, a "point of view" activity, a Caldecott Medal activity, a "story elements" activity, a compound words exercise, a "fact vs. opinion" activity, a "simile vs. metaphor" activity, a "descriptive words" activity, and more! It is designed for grades 2 through 5 and is in PDF format for easy printing.
Book summary: The Polar Express is a 1985 children's book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, a former professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. The book is now widely considered to be a classic Christmas story for young children. It was praised for its detailed illustrations and calm, relaxing storyline. In 1986, it was awarded the Caldecott Medal for children's literature. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.
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