Do you read ”The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg?
It’s a personal favorite of mine, especially because Chris is from my home town here in Grand Rapids, Michigan; so you can imagine how popular this book is with the teachers in my school.
With that in mind, I decided to make a “flip the flap” train booklet, which helps reinforce the “sequencing & retelling” a story standards.
Run off the engine on construction paper. Children color, cut & sequence the “window pages” and glue them to their train.
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Completed projects make an absolutely adorable, hallway wall border.
Gluing a child’s school photo peeking out the Engine’s window, makes them the conductor, and adds to the “awww” keepsake factor.
Another way for students to sequence the story, is with the “Let’s Sequence The Polar Express” worksheet.
Children color, cut and glue the “picture tiles” in the correct order on the train car “windows”.
I’ve included a full-color version for teachers. You can do this as a whole group with little ones, as well as make up some independent, reading center activities.
To assess and check comprehension, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet for older students..
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
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